Tough weekend for Crees
Tough weekend for Crees

It was a tough weekend for Michael Crees in the latest round of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill.

Crees went into the round with high hopes following an impressive showing at Oulton Park the weekend before but unfortunately for the Broadstairs racer it wasn’t to be.

Having qualified just outside the top 15 Crees was hoping for three solid points finishes come race day on Sunday.

Unfortunately for the BTC Racing Team driver he would finish outside the points with one 16th place and two 17th place finishes in three races. He did however extend his standings in the Jack Sears Trophy.

Race one on Sunday morning saw Crees battle his way home on the narrow circuit to bring the #777 Honda home unscathed in P17.  

The second race of the day, saw a sterling job by Crees saw the Jack Sears Trophy leader running in the point-scoring zone for the majority of the race before the #777 regrettably dropped back on the final lap, eventually crossing the line in P17.

Following a red flag incident on the opening lap, a restart was called for the final race of the day.
Finishing just outside of the points, Crees’ 16th place spot in the final contest of the weekend saw him claim the Jack Sears Trophy class win – extending his advantage at the top of the class standings to a comfortable 14 point lead.

The weekend’s results have helped to move Tom Chilton up into 7th place in the Driver Standings, with BTC Racing also 7th in the Teams championship – tied on points with 6th placed Speedworks. In the Independent Standings, both Chilton and the BTC Racing Team sit in 3rd place respectively.

After a hectic August schedule, the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship now takes a welcome three-week break before reconvening at the fastest circuit on the calendar, Thruxton Race Circuit, on September 19-20.

Speaking after the weekend, Crees said: “After a tough weekend, we’ve come away having extended our lead in the Jack Sears Trophy. 

“So all-in-all it’s not a bad result. It’s been a tale of two halves for the team really. Unlucky for Josh with his troubles again, but a great result for Tom getting the podium.”

Image courtesy of Phil Laughton