Fresh from success at Snetterton, where he claimed his best results of the BTCC season so far, Dynojet Racing driver Frank Wrathall and his Toyota Avensis head north of the border this weekend (25/26 August).
Wrathall’s maiden BTCC pole position and second-place race finish last time out have buoyed the Lancashire 25-year-old’s confidence for Knockhill, the track where Frank claimed his first podium results last year. But he is still cautious: “We have not been able to test at Knockhill this year, so with the new car it’s a bit of an unknown. We had a useful test at Rockingham on Friday, and we learned one or two important things, I think, but Knockhill is such a different track.
“The whole nature of the circuit, the undulations, the curves and the kerbs, mean that it is hard to predict how well the Toyota will go. I don’t really know what to expect, and won’t until we have Saturday’s practice sessions under our belts.
“However, the Dynojet Avensis was strong at Snetterton and we have made progress since then, so I am hopeful of some good results.”
Last year at Knockhill Frank enjoyed a groundbreaking weekend, qualifying third on the grid and claiming two third-place race finishes to announce the Dynojet team’s intention to become a podium regular.
Knockhill this weekend celebrates 20 years on the BTCC calendar and many of Scotland’s top drivers will be on parade. Toyota’s chapter in the Knockhill story concerns the 1993 season, when Julian Bailey and his Carina scored the last BTCC win by a Toyota driver.
The Dynojet Racing team is backed by FUCHS Titan Race, Mac Tools, Klenzan, Angel Springs, K&N, Graphix and Autoglym.
Racefile: Knockhill, rounds 19, 20 & 21
Saturday 25 August practice 0935 & 1210, qualifying 1505
Sunday 26 August race 1 1145, paddock autograph session 1300, race 2 1415, race 3 1705