GKR TradePriceCars.com looks to maintain solid form at Knockhill
The GKR TradePriceCars.com team will seek to maintain the solid form it has shown so far in 2020 when the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship heads for Knockhill for the fourth round of the season.
The Scottish meeting will conclude a busy August for the award-winning, Essex-based motor dealership that has seen it racing on every weekend bar one after the new season was delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
So far this season, drivers Bobby Thompson and James Gornall have scored points in seven of the nine races, whilst the pair have also taken a weekend victory apiece in the Jack Sears Trophy; open to drivers who have yet to secure an overall victory in the series.
Bobby secured his Jack Sears Trophy win last weekend at Oulton Park, where he bounced back from an off in qualifying that saw him forced to start from the back of the grid to secure his first top ten finish of the season.
The 24-year-old has shown himself to be a consistent points finisher so far this season having quickly got up to speed in the GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3, with his points-per-meeting in 2020 being almost double that of his best season in the series to date.
Having scored points in two of the three races at every event so far, Bobby will seek to fight for a triple score in Scotland to enter a brief break ahead of round five on a high.
Team-mate James, who won the Jack Sears Trophy in round two at Brands Hatch, has shown impressive speed thus far in his debut season in the BTCC with two top ten finishes under his belt already.
Unfortunate mechanical issues at Donington Park, and then incidents where he was the victim of contact from other drivers at Oulton Park, have impacted on his campaign to date, although the 36-year-old heads for Knockhill in confident mood.
‘Jiggy’ – as he is known to his fans – has stepped onto the Knockhill podium in the past with a brace of second place finishes during his title-winning British GT campaign, and like Bobby, will hope to bring home three solid points finishes from the journey north.
In a change to the normal broadcast schedule, this weekend’s three BTCC races will air on ITV2 on Sunday rather than ITV4, and are due to take place at 11:10, 13:30 and 16:55.
Bobby Thompson, #19 GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3, said:
“We had tried something with the car at Oulton Park last weekend and whilst we were strong in the wet, it didn’t quite work in the dry as we hoped. Going to Knockhill, I think we will look more towards the set-up we used at Brands Hatch or Donington, and aim to attack from the moment we hit the track.
“Knockhill is a circuit where the Audi has gone well in the past and it is a circuit that I love personally; it’s brilliant. The weather can always mix things up a bit but I can’t wait to get out on track and will be pushing hard for some good points on the board.
James Gornall, #180 GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3, said:
“I’ve only been to Knockhill twice before. The first was in British GT in the Dodge Viper, which was like threading a double decker bus round a back alley, and the other was in a SsangYong Musso pick-up – so this weekend will be a little bit different! However, Knockhill is just another circuit and it is one that should be okay for us.
“I’ll be spending time on the sim before we head to Scotland so I can get up to speed quickly, and we’ll need to see how it goes. I want to try and qualify higher up the order than we did at Oulton Park and go from there, with the aim being to fight for points on race day.”