Wisbech motor racing team Finesse Motorsport is focused on a return to the podium at Oulton Park Island Circuit next weekend, when the Renault UK Clio Cup resumes after a four-week break.
Despite a trying outing at Thruxton in Hampshire last time out, race winners Finesse are still fifth in the team standings while drivers Paul Streather and Daniel Rowbottom head into the fourth event of the season in Cheshire fifth and 12th in the title race respectively.
As during the previous event earlier this month, the Finesse regulars will again be joined by British GT racer Jake Giddings in a third Clio as he bolsters the Cambridgeshire team’s championship attack in the one-make category.
Oulton’s undulating 2.2-mile track is one all three competitors are looking forward to, and each is determined to battle for silverware in rounds seven and eight.
Notably, Giddings will arrive fresh from competing on the longer International Circuit layout this Bank Holiday weekend at the wheel of an Aston Martin in British GT.
Leicestershire driver Streather is already a race winner in his first season in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship support category – at Brands Hatch.
As one of Streather’s least favourite tracks, Thruxton was always going to be trying but the Michael Smith Switchgear and AVW Fabrications-backed driver still improved to conclude with a best finish of sixth place in round six.
New driver Rowbottom has a best finish of sixth place under his belt thus far in his first full year of racing since 2008.
“Oulton’s a great track, always a fantastic place for Clio racing, and we’re going there aiming to be back at the front,” said Finesse team principal Neil Giddings. “It’s unfortunate the way Thruxton turned out but that’s in the past, we’re all focused on Oulton and moving back up the championship.
“With Jake back with us again, we’re all going to Oulton aiming as high as we can – as we always do.”
After pre-event testing on Friday, qualifying at Oulton Park will get underway at 10.55 on Saturday, with round seven following at 4pm. On Sunday, round eight is set to begin at around 13.25 and will be screened live on ITV4 and live online: http://www.itv.com/btcc
l Rounds three and four of the British GT Championship at Oulton Park on Bank Holiday Monday didn’t provide a great deal of cheer for Jake Giddings – the former GT4 Champion and Pro-Am team-mate Kieran Griffin suffering double disappointment with retirement from both races for the JWB Motorsport pairing.
Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in Northamptonshire will be the next stop on the British GT calendar over the weekend of June 11/12.