Heathcote heads to Knockhill
Heathcote heads to Knockhill

Off the back off a double win last time out, Nathan Heathcote travels to the UK’s most northerly major race circuit, Knockhill.  

A 49 point cushion over the next challenger in the ‘Am’ class is Nathan’s current situation but the young Kent driver is also enjoying getting amongst the ‘pros’ in this, his debut season on tarmac.

In fact ,the ex-British Rallycross Champion has a twin challenge at each circuit as he learns the track whilst continuing his understanding of the finesse needed on the asphalt over dirt.  

Nathan enjoyed a brace of wins over the last event at the high-speed ex-aerodrome race circuit of Thruxton but Knockhill promises to be a very different kind of experience. The Fife track is renowned for its severe changes of elevation, tight corners and blind crests, in other words a circuit that needs respect!  

The format of the weekend sees Friday’s practice before qualification and a late afternoon race on Saturday, with the ‘main event’; a pair of races on Sunday. By Nathan’s usual modus operandi, he will get faster and faster over the three days and be in among the top Pro drivers by Sunday afternoon!

Speaking ahead of the weekend, Heathcote said: “It’s another new track but I’m looking forward to it as I’ve heard it’s a mega circuit to drive. I’ve been karting in Scotland Larkhall once, that’s about as close as I’ve been! Looking at the circuit its obviously a short lap without a long straight so there’s no let up as the laps count down.

“Qualifying is going to be key so I need to get some laps in and learn from the off, then worry about car set-up.It looks like we’ll be prepping the car for heavy braking and acceleration rather than outright speed and long radius corners.

“Ultimately its another piece of tarmac and if it’s tight and technical I know I’ll be there or thereabouts come race day!”

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