Stephen Jelley produced his best qualifying performance of the season at Silverstone after he secured seventh on the grid for the penultimate rounds of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The former F3 racer has endured a somewhat difficult first year in the BTCC after making the career move from single-seaters and heads to the Northamptonshire venue having scored just eight points going into the weekend.
However, admitting that the Silverstone circuit was more suited to him than Knockhill two weeks ago, Jelley produced his strongest qualifying to date this year as he put his Team RAC BMW on the fourth row of the grid.
“It's been good and that will be my best so far,” he told Crash.net
. “We got the car working well in FP2 and then managed to benefit from that in qualifying. Knockhill was a tough weekend for me and it's a difficult circuit in a BTCC car but this circuit, which is a bit flatter, is more like what I have been used to in F3.
“If I get a good start then I'll be right amongst the front-runners, but they will be racing hard and have qualified ahead of me for a reason. I want to get three good results and stay out of trouble with no silly mistakes.
“It's very important for me to finish the season well as it has been tough at times this year. But I have remained focused and have worked hard and it is paying off.”