Frank Wrathall and the Dynojet Racing team will bring their BTCC season to a close at Brands Hatch this weekend, hopeful of ending the year on a high note.Frank goes into battle looking to re-establish himself in the top 10 overall in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, and to maintaining his superb qualifying record.
Wrathall endured a frustrating weekend at Silverstone earlier this month: though quick again in qualifying his Avensis was unable to stay on terms with its rivals on the power-sapping long straights of the British Grand Prix circuit.
The Brands Hatch GP track layout should suit the Toyota, he believes: “I don’t think the speed differential will make as much difference at Brands, and we have one or two ideas up our sleeves that we hope will help. The Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch is absolutely mega – definitely one of the best to drive because of all the fast, flowing corners which in my opinion are the nicest to drive.”
Frank qualified third on the grid last time – his fifth time in the top five from nine meetings – and goes into Brands looking to cement his position as one of the BTCC’s top-three qualifiers of the season. He has twice won the Independents trophy in 2012 thanks to his podium finishes at Thruxton and Snetterton, and heads to Brands Hatch 12th overall in the driver title race, eighth among the independents.
The Grand Prix circuit will be a big challenge, not least because there has been no opportunity to test on it. Though they raced at Brands in April, that was on the short Indy circuit: “It’s going to be tough,” added Wrathall, “because I have not driven the full circuit for a year. But it’s the same for everyone.”
The Dynojet Racing team is backed by FUCHS Titan Race, Mac Tools, Klenzan, Angel Springs, K&N, Graphix and Autoglym.