Crabbie’s Racing driver Jack Clarke is ready to pick up where he left off at Knockhill last time out when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Rockingham. This weekend’s event (6/7 September) is the first of a Northamptonshire double-header as Britain’s premier motor racing championship then heads to Silverstone before its climax at Brands Hatch next month. Last time out at Knockhill, Jack had his best weekend to date with three solid finishes, of which two were in the lucrative points paying positions.
Not only is Clarke contending with his maiden foray into touring car racing admirably, but he also has to reacclimatise himself to a number of tracks around the UK. This weekend is completely different to previous rounds as the Effingham-based racer has never driven the Corby circuit before, and since Knockhill he has upped his workload and preparation for the Northamptonshire circuit, which opened at the turn of the Millennium.
From the hilly and undulating Knockhill circuit the BTCC circus heads south, back into England to the relatively flat Rockingham Motor Speedway. Clarke in the Focus, along with 30 other flame-spitting BTCC cars, will fly along the famous banking on the Rockingham oval before diving off into the tricky infield, which will see the drivers tackle several short straights, tricky braking zones and slow technical sections before re-joining the perimeter oval to go across the start/finish line.
Facing a step into the unknown, Clarke has already scored points in three of the seven events so far in his striking green Crabbie’s-backed Ford Focus, and now he’s keen to edge forward towards the top ten and the potential race three reverse grid draw.
Jack Clarke said:
“Knockhill marked an improvement and we are going in the right direction. We didn’t luck in to too many positions and our pace on the soft tyre was very competitive and encouraging.
“It was a positive and enjoyable weekend and to be racing literally right in the middle of the pack is great fun. Knockhill is a really cool track and I enjoyed the weekend and atmosphere immensely.
“I have never been to Rockingham before but the tracks I am unfamiliar with this year have not proved to be to much of a disadvantage in regards to pace or performance. I plan to make that little next step towards the cusp of the top ten and the shuffle for race three and there is no reason why we can’t achieve that goal next time out at Rockingham.”