Martyn Bell will hope to pick up his first points of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill this weekend as he returns to the scene of some of his strongest results since joining the series.

Bell picked up three top ten finishes at the Scottish circuit in two years at the wheel of his BMW 320i and will now tackle the challenging venue overlooking the Firth of Forth for the first time in his Arkas Racing with Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch.

Admitting that staying out of trouble will be key to his hopes of breaking into the top ten this year, Bell admitted he was looking forward to the weekend ahead.

"Everyone knows how much I love Cadwell Park, and Knockhill is very similar with lots of undulations," he said. "I have really good memories of the place and have scored points in half of my BTCC races there, so I'd love to add to that record this weekend. If I can stay out of trouble in the first two laps, there is a good chance of getting into the top ten again this year.

"With the extra things we have found out about the car, and the fact that the Astra has been strong at Knockhill in the past, I'm hopeful that we can have a good weekend. The circuits we have left this season, including Knockhill, are all ones where I think we will run well."

Bell added that he was particularly looking forward to racing in front of the Scottish crowds, with Knockhill being one of the most well-supported events on the BTCC calendar.

"Racing in front of the Scottish fans is always fantastic as they are so welcoming," he said. "Maybe they see that I'm from 'up north' and have decided to cheer me on, even though the trip to Knockhill is one of the longest of the season for me! They are fantastic fans and almost make it feel like a home race."


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