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Silverware the target as Airwaves Racing prepares for Silverstone showdown

September 24th 2014

Silverstone the target as Airwaves Racing prepares for Silverstone showdown

- Airwaves Racing looking to maintain 100% finishing record as BTCC enters final stages
- Mat Jackson and Airwaves Racing still in with a chance of claiming Independent Titles
- Silverstone has been a happy hunting ground for the Focus ST in previous years

Airwaves Racing heads to the ‘Home of British Motorsport' this weekend as the penultimate round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship arrives at the world-famous Silverstone circuit (September 27/28).

Airwaves Racing is back in action in fine form as the BTCC reconvenes following a three week break.  Round 8 produced a unique set of challenges at Rockingham but the Motorbase-run squad came away from the oval circuit in a strong position having bagged a lucrative points haul from each of Sunday's races that included four top ten finishes.

The Kent-based outfit heads to the iconic Silverstone circuit with the enviable accolade of being the only team in the championship to have its 100% finishing record still in-tact. The consistency and race pace shown by the team this season sees Mat Jackson sitting in second place in the Independent Drivers' Standings with the 33 year-old being the only driver to have scored points in every race so far this season.

Jackson is looking to maintain his 100% finishing record as the season enters the final stagesWith its super-fast long straights, the Silverstone National circuit layout is a firm favourite on the BTCC calendar and one which has traditionally suited the Mountune-powered Ford Focus ST well. Both Mat and his Airwaves Racing team-mate, double BTCC champion Fabrizio Giovanardi, have had plenty of success here over the years and notably it was here where Mat piloted the newly built NGTC Ford Focus ST to its stunning maiden race victory in 2012. With an on form Airwaves Racing squad looking to close the gap on the Independents' standings as the season enters its final stages, David Bartrum's squad remains steadfast in its efforts to keep the pressure firmly on the current leaders until the final flag drops.

Crabbie's Racing driver Jack Clarke will be looking to pick up from where he left off after another successful Rockingham weekend last time out.  The BTCC rookie secured another best to date result with two points finishes during the weekend's three races and despite having never raced at the oval circuit before, Jack showed excellent race craft and maturity and looked set to break into the cusp of the top ten before a delayed start in race 3 put him on the back foot. The 26 year old Crabbie's-backed driver has plenty of experience of Silverstone having raced single-seaters for a number of years, with a best finish of fourth in Formula Two in 2010 and third in Formula Palmer Audi back in 2008. Hopefully this knowledge will give Jack the confidence needed to push on for a lucrative top ten finish.

Round 9 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship takes place at Silverstone circuit on September 27/28.  Live coverage of Sunday's events will be shown on ITV4, and also in HD from 11.15am – 6pm; with featuring live streaming online of Saturday's qualifying session between 3.45 and 4.15pm.

Jack Clarke looking to break into the top ten at Silverstone this weekendAirwaves Racing Team Manager Oly Collins said:
"Historically Silverstone has been a good circuit for us and the Focus ST. We got our first NGTC win here and had another good weekend here last year. We're confident the changes we've made throughout the season and from our recent test at Snetterton should translate well to the Silverstone circuit.

"I don't think we can catch Colin [Turkington] and WSR in the Championship unless he has an absolute shocker of weekend but we'll be going all out to get the best results we possibly can . Clearly the RWD car seems to have an advantage over FWD based on the past 5 race meetings results, but take nothing away from Colin he's a class act. Silverstone should suit the Focus, so now we're just aiming for some more silverware at Silverstone and Brands and hope to end the season on a high."

Airwaves Racing driver Mat Jackson said:
"Silverstone is a track that I seem to gel with and it's been very good to me in the past. The Focus has also done well here and I think the National circuit layout suits it well. We had a very productive test at Snetterton last week and we are hoping to put the knowledge gained there to good use this weekend. For me, I'm hoping that we can advance in the championship and realistically climb to the top three. We still have a mathematical chance at the title but that is my target and it would be great for the whole team if we can achieve this.

"I don't think that people realise what a huge achievement the 100% finishing record is in a championship as hard fought as the BTCC.  For me to be able to do this we need so many things to fall in place that are not in my control but in the hands of the mechanics, engine builders  and the rest of the team and they have all  done a fantastic job so far this season.  Let's hope we haven't tempted fate!"

The Motorbase Performance built Focus ST took it's maiden race win here in 2012Airwaves Racing driver Fabrizio Giovanardi said:
"The boys had a good test at Snetterton last week and have found some interesting new ways with the car so hopefully these will come good for us this weekend. We showed that we had good pace at Rockingham and I hope that we can continue this into the last two rounds of the season.

"I'm looking forward to going back to Silverstone, I've had some success there in the past and the Focus has also gone well here so hopefully we will be back fighting at the front once again. The aim is get podiums this weekend; it's been too long since we heard the Italian anthem in the BTCC!  Seriously though, this weekend is all about getting as many points as I can to help Motorbase in the championship."

Crabbie's Racing driver Jack Clarke said:
"I like racing at Silverstone, I have had a mix of good and average results there in the past and as the home of the BRDC and the British GP, it's naturally a highlight in the calendar.

"The National circuit is a fairly known quantity so I imagine the margins will be fine and the racing will be extremely close as it has been all season long! I expect us to be quick here and I am focusing on top 10 race finishes, I felt it could have come at Rockingham so we just need to keep focusing on improvement and our goal which is now to break into that elusive top ten."

Event Information:
Silverstone Circuit Length: 1.64 miles
Laps: 22
Race distance: 36.08 miles
Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire NN12 8TN
Tel: 08704 588 200