Challenging BTCC weekend for Rob in Norfolk
Rob endured a difficult qualifying session at Snetterton in the latest round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (2-3 Aug). He struggled for pace and had to settle for a 19th place starting position on the grid. Knowing that he had work to do Rob drove superbly and made up an incredible 10 places to cross the line in ninth and take important championship points in the first race of the weekend.
Sunday’s running continued and Rob was in the thick of the action on track for race 2. Then on lap eight he was forced into a spin when the charging Sam Tordoff crashed into him. Despite his best efforts, he tumbled down the order. Tordoff later received two penalty points on his licence for the incident.
In Sunday’s final race Rob showed the skill that he has been demonstrating in British Touring Cars by pulling off a dominant charge through the field in the No 10. eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport to make up 11 positions to finish in a points scoring sixth place position at the flag.
Commenting on the race weekend, Rob explained: “It was a weekend that did not quite go to plan but racing in the BTCC is always challenging. In the first race, I made up 10 places so it was pretty much a recovery drive. I got caught up in a battle in the second race and dropped down the order, but in the final race, I got a really good start and made my way through the field to finish in sixth. However, a penalty for overtaking under the yellow flags in race 2 means that I have to start from the back of the grid at the next round. All in all it was a bit disappointing as we arrived at Snetterton full of expectation. However, it was fun to race through the field making up so many places.”
Rob’s next outing will take place at Knockhill in Scotland on the 23-24 August. He currently lies fifth in the Driver’s standings and third in the Independent Drivers standings. eBay Motors leads the Teams and Independent Teams standings with four events to go.