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Airwaves BMW Clocks up Century at Croft

Airwaves BMW

June 11th 2009

HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship
Croft (Rounds 13/14/15)
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June 14th, 2009

Airwaves BMW Clocks up Century at CroftAirwaves BMW will celebrate 100 race starts in the HiQ MSA Touring Car Championship when it lines up on the grid at Croft Circuit on Sunday.

Since entering the UK's premier racing series under the Motorbase Performance banner in 2006 the Kent-based team has consistently grown in stature each season, and is now one of the leading teams in the BTCC paddock.

With the midway point of the 2009 championship approaching as it visits Croft, the team is hoping the Northeast circuit will prove to be a pivotal point as it was in 2008.  Then the squad was still searching for its first BTCC podium, and only narrowly missed out as it made a major step forward in competitiveness before going on to make the top three in the following round at Snetterton.

This season Airwaves BMW has already notched up two wins and two further podium finishes, but is hoping to add to that impressive tally before the mid-season break and stay in contention for title honours.

The 2.25 mile Croft Circuit should favour the strengths of the fast-starting Airwaves BMW 320sis, while both of the team's drivers are in excellent form heading into the North Yorkshire-based event.

Rob Collard has revelled in the 2009 season so far, claiming two wins and showing outstanding racecraft in a number of other battling performances.  In the previous round he produced a sensational drive in race three to carve through from the back of the field and challenge for a place on the podium, overtaking an incredible total of 16 rival cars on his charge to fourth place after starting at the back of the grid.  The Hampshireman will be looking to qualify well and give himself a few less opponents to pass for a shot at finishing in the top three when he gets behind the wheel of the BMW 320si at Croft.

Jonny Adam underlined his potential when he secured his second podium finish in only his first season in the BTCC a the previous round.  The talented young Scotsman once again showed he was more than capable of going wheel-to-wheel with established stars in the series, finishing third in race one and almost pipping experienced campaigners Matt Neal and Jason Plato to the line and a podium spot in race two at Oulton Park.  The BRDC Superstar will be determined to outshine the big boys when he takes to the tarmac at Croft, and secure valuable points for Airwaves BMW as it vies for the independent teams' crown with fellow BMW runners Team RAC.

To get an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the Airwaves BMW team pick up a copy of the July 2009 issue of Performance BMW magazine.

Airwaves BMW Team Principal David Bartrum said:
"Croft was the point last year when we turned a corner and discovered our form.  Rob Collard just missed out on a podium and Steven Kane wasn't far off either.  We'd had a pretty tough time of it in the rounds prior to that, but after Croft we knew we had moved forward.  Hopefully we can go there this year and perform well again, gauge how we are performing relative to our rivals, then be able to come out firing on all cylinders in the second half of the season.  This is our fourth season in the BTCC and 100 races is a big landmark for the team.  We've come a long way, progressed every season, and always tried to stay positive no matter how tough it's been, so I'm proud of that.  We're now in the position where we have got the best machinery on the grid in the shape of the BMW 320si, we have wins under our belt already this season, and we can go and keep pushing for trophies for the rest of the year."

Airwaves BMW Team driver Rob Collard said:
"Croft is very good circuit and I enjoy the challenge of going there.  We had an eventful run at Croft last season, we showed we could be very quick and challenged for the podium, but didn't come away with the points we deserved.  I want to show how much we've progressed since then and better that this year.  I'm really going to focus on finishing all three races at Croft in strong positions.  What we can't afford at Croft is not to score points, as the competition we are up against just now is so good they can punish you if you have a bad weekend.  I lost a little bit of ground with a no-score in race two at Oulton, so I have to make it up at Croft so that I can continue to challenge for honours in the second half of the season."

Airwaves BMW Team driver Jonny Adam said:
"I'm really settling in to driving the BMW 320si now and I think I showed good pace in the last round at Oulton Park.  I want to take that momentum to Croft, and it's a circuit I've enjoyed driving any time I've competed there in the past so I'm confident I can do that.  I really want to put together three points-scoring finishes, as for various reasons that hasn't happened this season.  Both Rob [Collard] and I have shown we have the pace to win races, but it's so close out there this season that you really have to fight for the points and make sure you finish more than anything.  There's not a lot between everyone in the championship standings and a few points here and there can move you up quickly if some else has a bad day.  Croft is one of the closer circuits to home for me so it's not far to travel and I will be right up for it on race day."

Event Information

Croft Circuit
Croft on Tees
North Yorkshire

Location:                        off the A167 nr Darlington, from j58, A1M
Tel:                               01325 721815
Length:                          2.25 miles
Number of laps:              15
Race Distance:                33.75 Miles