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Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO aiming high as BTCC heads to Croft

June 7th 2017

Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO aiming high as BTCC heads to Croft

The Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO squad is looking to carry its recent form into this coming weekend as the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship reaches the mid-way point at North Yorkshire's Croft Circuit on June 10-11.

A trio of top tens for the Motorbase-run outfit at Oulton Park just three weeks ago saw Mat Jackson claim 6th and 7th in the weekend's opening races before an engine issue cruelly ended the Warwickshire man's chances of challenging for podiums. With a mid-break test session under his belt, Jackson – who turns 36 on Saturday - is confident that the Focus has turned a corner and has his eyes firmly set on a return to the rostrum.

Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO aiming high as BTCC heads to Croft

BTCC rookie Luke Davenport looks to continue his upward curve of results after breaking into the top ten and claiming his maiden podium and Jack Sears Trophy win at Oulton Park. The 24-year-old is keen to build on his performance and move up the standings before the BTCC heads into its extended summer break.

Team-mate Martin Depper is hoping for a change of fortunes at the North Yorkshire circuit after enduring a tough start to his 2017 campaign, with the midlands-based driver looking for a consistent, incident free weekend as he settles in to his first season in the Focus ST.

"We're all looking forward to Croft this weekend;" said Team Manager Oly Collins. "We saw an improved performance for the Focus last time out at Oulton Park. Qualifying in particular was a step forward which is proving more important than ever this year, so being able to get that one fast lap out of the tyres is key to us having a successful weekend.

Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO aiming high as BTCC heads to Croft

"We've been out testing since Oulton Park and we're confident that we've made further improvements to the Motorbase cars;" added Collins. "Hopefully those improvements will translate into results on the track this weekend."

With a capacity 32-car grid set to descend on the challenging rear wheel drive favoured circuit, competition will be fierce as the team's battle for honours as the championship enters the halfway point of the ten-event season. Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO currently lies 4th in the Independent Teams' standings with Jackson 6th in the Independent Drivers Championship.

"Croft has historically suited rear wheel drive cars because of the nature of the circuit with increased tyre wear;" continued Collins. "That being said; we'll be going there aiming to buck that trend and get some good results for our championship campaign."

Team Shredded Wheat Racing with DUO aiming high as BTCC heads to Croft

Rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will be broadcast live and in high-definition on ITV4 and via the ITVhub on Sunday 11th June from 11.15 – 18.00. Live timing of Saturday's (June 10th) qualifying session is also available via btcc.net/live and itv.com/btcc between 16.00 – 16.30.

Mat Jackson #3: 
"We've put a lot of work in since Oulton Park and have definitely taken a step forward with the car. We had a really productive test last week, worked through a number of changes on the Focus and I feel that we're in a good place going into this weekend.

"Obviously the real test will be how we compare against the others at Croft, which favours the rear wheel drive, but the plan is to get back onto the podium this weekend; that's what we need."

Luke Davenport #300: 
"We haven't had a weekend yet where we've been consistently happy with the results on both days so that's what we're looking for at Croft. We've got the capability, the car is improving all the time and we're gaining more experience each weekend.

"It's just about tying it all together now - qualifying well on Saturday and then consistently staying in and around that top ten. That would be brilliant."

Martin Depper #30:
"I'm looking forward to Croft. We feel we've made a good step forward recently and I'm hoping this translates to a good lap time. Croft is a great circuit which has a bit of everything. It's quite challenging and with high tyre wear you need to have a car which can be both fast and look after its tyres. Qualifying will be key, as it has been all season, and it's an area we've been looking at."