THE AmDTuning.com team will hope to fight back from the misfortune of Snetterton when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Knockhill this weekend for the seventh round of the season.
The West Thurrock-based team makes the long journey to Scotland keen to avoid a repeat of what happened in Norfolk two weeks ago, when driver Ollie Jackson was involved in two major on-track incidents on race day.
The resultant damage has led to some long days back at base to repair the team’s damaged Audi S3, which has been returned to pristine condition ready for the weekend ahead.
Ollie will now seek to repay the team for its work in recent weeks with some strong results on track, having been unable to make the most of the potential of the Audi due to the on-track skirmishes he found himself embroiled in last time out.
However, putting those incidents firmly behind him, the 32-year-old admitted he couldn’t wait to get back behind the wheel as he seeks to add to his points tally.
"A lot has been said about Snetterton but I’m keen to just put it behind me now and focus on the four remaining rounds, starting with Knockhill this weekend," he said. "We were certainly battered and bruised coming away from the last meeting and the boys – particularly team manager Rob [Tickner] – have done an astonishing job to get the car fully repaired, especially when they’ve had to leave base earlier than usual for the long drive to Scotland.
"The aim now is to repay them with some good results on track, which is certainly something we are capable of doing with the package we have. It’ll be important to try and qualify well because of how difficult it can be to overtake at Knockhill, and if we can stay out of trouble and keep our nose clean, then I see no reason why we can’t come away from the weekend with some points to our name."
Team boss Shaun Hollamby was also full of praise for the way in which his crew had prepared for the weekend ahead and said he was keen to see Ollie challenge for points.
"The car sustained a lot of damage at Snetterton and the team, and in particular Rob, have worked hard to prepare for Knockhill," he said. "Rob has been working 18 hour days to repair the car and make sure it is pristine this weekend – it’s been a mammoth effort.
"After the work that has gone in to turning the car around, hopefully we can enjoy a strong weekend on track. While this is the first time we have run the Audi in Scotland, it’s a circuit where we have enjoyed success in the past with our only podium finish and whilst it may be a step too far to think we can repeat that this weekend, I think we should be firmly in contention for points."