Beavis Morgan sponsored Ollie Jackson and the AmD with Cobra Exhausts team will hope to produce an improved qualifying performance this weekend at Oulton Park as they seek to add to their points tally in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).
The West Thurrock-based team head to Cheshire this weekend with the aim of bringing home the same level of strong points as those achieved in the opening round of the year at Brands Hatch.
Since then, misfortune at Donington Park and Thruxton prevented the Audi squad from adding to its tally – something it will hope to put right at a circuit where the S3 displayed strong pace twelve months ago.
Tamworth-based Ollie heads for Oulton Park keen to put the disappointment of Thruxton – where he was well placed to score in race three before suffering a puncture – firmly behind him.
Twelve months ago he was able to score points in the opening race of the weekend at the picturesque circuit and was one of the fastest drivers on track in the remaining two races as he battled back through the field after being tipped into a spin on the opening lap of race two.
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With a car that has been greatly improved compared to last year – when he felt the Audi was the best it had ever been – a return to the points is very much the aim, with the first target being to try and qualify higher up the grid to give himself the best chance of success on race day.
Like Ollie, Nottingham-based team-mate Sam Smelt will be seeking to rebound from a tough weekend at Thruxton as he continues his BTCC education at the wheel of the second Audi.
The series rookie has his sights firmly fixed on trying to bring home his best result to date at a circuit where he has completed plenty of running during his time in the VW Racing Cup.
Ollie Jackson, #48 AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3, says: “I feel in a confident mood going to Oulton Park this weekend. It’s the circuit where I started to work with my current engineer Stuart last year, so it will be the first time we’ve gone to a track having worked together and I feel that will put us in a stronger position from the moment we hit the circuit.
“The last few rounds have been tough in terms of trying to add points to our tally and I think a lot of that has been down to qualifying. We’ve shown we have good race pace but have been starting too far back and it has hurt our chances of scoring on race day.
“We have to try and focus on qualifying and there are some tweaks planned to the car, so it will be interesting to see where we end up. I’d say this is the first time I’ve ever gone to Oulton Park knowing I have a good car underneath me and on a circuit that I enjoy, I’m keen to fight for points.”
Wishing all the best to Ollie and the team for a successful race, from all of us at Beavis Morgan.