Rockingham Motor Speedway – Dynojet Toyota racer Frank Wrathall’s favourite track and the venue last season for some impressive results – plays host on Sunday (23 September) to the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
It’s an important weekend for Wrathall and the Dynojet Racing team as they battle to recover from disappointment last month at Knockhill, where engine problems sidelined them early on.
A new 2.0-litre turbocharged Toyota powerplant, featuring developments aimed at strengthening its already robust nature, has been fitted to the Dynojet Avensis and was shaken down at Donington Park last week. A further Donington test is planned for this week.
“Knockhill cost us a lot in championship terms,” said Wrathall, who has slipped to 10th in the standings, “because the two people who were behind us in the points finished 1-2 in the last race. But one strong weekend can change everything. We are overdue some luck and hopefully we can get back to eighth – which I feel is more where we belong – at Rockingham.”
Rockingham was a happy hunting ground last year for the 25-year-old Lancashire driver, whose Avensis claimed third place in qualifying and a double race podium. Frank scored his best-ever BTCC results – pole position followed by a race second – last month at Snetterton. His target is a maiden race win before the end of the season.
“Rockingham was excellent for us last year; it was really the only place we had the Toyota spot-on. I love Rockingham, it is definitely my favourite circuit. I always tend to go well there and I enjoy it, not least because the people who run it are always helpful and really friendly.
“I want to win a race before the end of the year – I definitely think we will have missed out if we don’t – and Rockingham may offer the best chance we have of that: we will see on the day.”
The Dynojet Racing team is backed by FUCHS Titan Race, Mac Tools, Klenzan, Angel Springs, K&N, Graphix and Autoglym.