Motorbase Performance team principal David Bartrum says he is hoping for a damage-free weekend for his team as the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship makes its annual trip to Knockhill this weekend for the eighth round of the year.
The team was forced to miss the trip to Scotland last year having sustained heavy damage to both its cars during the Brands Hatch round, which means the team will be competing at the circuit – in the BTCC at least – for the first time since running Dave Pinkney's Honda Integra back in 2006.
The BMW squad heads to Knockhill aiming to continue the solid form displayed during the second half of the campaign, but having seen both cars in the wars last time out at Oulton Park, Bartrum said he was keen to see both cars arrive back in Kent in one piece next week.
"I think the BMW will be a good car in Scotland but there is the issue of damage as it is a circuit that is notorious for it," he told Crash.net
. "It's a long way from home for us, and we missed the round last year because we had so much damage following Brands Hatch with the SEATs that we couldn't get them repaired and in the trucks in tiem for the journey.
"With the issue of damage, there is a bit of a worry as we have round over the weekend and then the drive back on Monday, and on Tuesday we'll pull the cars out of the trucks hoping there isn't too much damage as there is Silverstone soon afterwards with a Bank Holiday in between which makes it harder to get parts.
"I hope we don't have to pay any overtime on a Bank Holiday for the guys to work on repairing the cars after Knockhill as I'd much rather be sat in a deckchair in my back garden drinking a beer! We'll look to challenge strongly and come out of the event without any damage – but who knows."