GKR TradePriceCars.com aim to return to the points at Thruxton
The GKR TradePriceCars.com team will seek to bounce back from a tough meeting at Knockhill when the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season resumes this weekend at Thruxton.
The award-winning, Essex-based motor dealership endured a trying weekend in Scotland last month as drivers Bobby Thompson and James Gornall were unable to add to their respective points totals – marking the first time this season that the team had failed to score, and ending a run of victories in the Jack Sears Trophy.
With the opening four rounds of the season having taken place across a busy five week period in August, the short break since the Knockhill meeting has seen the team hard at work on its two Audi S3s; both of which have undergone extensive work in preparation for the fifth round of the season.
Essex racer Bobby has fond memories of Thruxton, having taken a race win at the high-speed Hampshire circuit en-route to the 2017 Volkswagen Racing Cup title.
Although he has yet to score at the fastest track on the calendar since moving into the BTCC, Bobby heads into the weekend optimistic about opening his account, with his focus being on adding to the six points finishes he has taken so far this season.
Bobby will also hope to fight for a second win in the Jack Sears Trophy – open to drivers who have yet to stand on the overall podium – as he seeks to cement his top three position in the championship standings.
Team-mate James has also taken to the top step of the podium at Thruxton in the past, with a victory in the 2008 British GT Championship round proving to be key as he wrapped up the title alongside team-mate Jon Barnes.
Although only able to score points on three occasions so far in his debut season in the series, James has shown impressive pace in the Audi, taking the team’s best result of the year at Brands Hatch with a fine seventh place and – like Bobby – with a Jack Sears Trophy win to his name.
After tough weekends at Oulton Park and Knockhill, Jiggy heads for Thruxton with his focus on challenging for three solid points finishes in order to improve on his seventh place in the Jack Sears Trophy.
As was the case at Knockhill, this weekend’s racing will air live on ITV2 rather than ITV4 due to a clash with the final stage of the Tour de France.
Bobby Thompson, #19 GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3, said:
“It’s been a busy few weeks since Knockhill with coaching work and spending plenty of time on the sim, and I can’t wait to get back out on track this weekend at Thruxton. The team has been hard at work with a rebuild of the car since the last round, and hopefully we’ve been able to solve the issue that we’ve had with our straight-line speed in recent meetings.
“Thruxton is a circuit that I love and one where I’ve had some good results earlier in my career, although I haven’t had the best of luck since moving into the BTCC. I’m hoping that I can put that right this weekend and fight for some points finishes, and it would be great if we could break into the top ten.”
James Gornall, #180 GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3, said:
“I’ve not been to Thruxton for twelve years, so it’s been a while since my last outing! It’s a very different circuit to anywhere else but I don’t think it’ll take me more than a couple of laps to get back up to speed as it’s not somewhere that has changed a lot since my British GT days.
“Thruxton is a track where you have hang it all out and I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead. The team has been working hard on the cars and hopefully we can reap the rewards of their efforts. Our focus has to be on maximising our performance on race day and the aim is to try and bring home points in all three races.”