Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire, the fastest track on the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship calendar, hosts the opening three rounds of the new season this coming Sunday, 9th May, where lead contenders BTC Racing will be focused on getting the 2021 campaign off to a successful start.
After an enforced delay to the start of the championship due to the ongoing restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the new season finally gets underway behind closed doors this weekend and BTC drivers Josh Cook and Jade Edwards are raring to go in their Honda Civic Type-R FK8 racers.
Cook, piloting the No.66 Honda Civic, goes into his third season with the team and is aiming to mount a sustained challenge for championship honours. Last year, of course, Cook headed home a BTC one-two at Thruxton with a fantastic victory in the third race – he also set fastest lap.
Edwards is one of the most exciting full-season debutants to arrive in the BTCC in many years, piloting the No.99 PHSC with BTC Racing entry. After a one-off outing last year, the sole female competitor in the UK’s premier motor racing category is now ready to get her first full year in touring cars underway – and what a place to begin, flat-out Thruxton!
Since the final chequered flag of the 2020 season fell last November, Brackley’s BTC has undergone some personnel and structural changes. What hasn’t changed, though, is the squad’s determination, hard work, competitiveness and focus.
Josh Cook – BTC Racing Driver, No.66:
“Thruxton is an amazing circuit, one where you have to carry maximum commitment to get the lap times and the kind of track where you can’t rest for a second. As a driver, it’s more important at Thruxton than probably anywhere to really feel at one with the car. So, that’ll be the focus of free practice to get the set-up absolutely spot-on.
“Of course, we won at Thruxton last year so we know we have the capability to do well again this time around and it would be fantastic to start the season with a win or on the podium at the very least. As ever, the BTCC is going to be mega-competitive this year so until qualifying on Saturday we won’t truly know where we are.”
Jade Edwards – BTC Racing Driver, No.99:
“I think the overall tone is a positive one and I really am looking forward to it. Thruxton is one of my favourite circuits in the UK, I’ve always had positive results and good races there, and I’m looking forward to getting out with the rest of the BTCC grid and getting racing underway.
“Obviously it will be a bit of a baptism of fire, Thruxton is renowned for being fully committed and with no room for error, so it’s going to be an intense weekend and an exhausting one, I imagine. It will be a brilliant one to start the year and I cannot wait to get going with the whole team and get to drive this brilliant Honda Civic around Thruxton race circuit!”
Steve Dudman – BTC Racing Owner and Team Principal:
“Thruxton is a fantastic track and obviously a circuit with very happy memories for BTC Racing after Josh’s win last year. We’ve been working hard over the winter to develop the cars and with some changes to the team behind the scenes as well, we go into this season in great shape.
“Josh is a proven winner in the BTCC, one of the most competitive and talented racers out there. He starts the new season as a real threat in the championship, and we’re focused on giving him what he needs to do the job. Jade obviously has a lot to learn in the BTCC, but from the performances we’ve seen from her in testing I’m sure she will be the surprise package. It’s set to be an exciting year.”
Diana Binks – Communications