Steven Kane will hope for a successful end to what he describes as one of his most enjoyable seasons of racing as the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship campaign draws to a close this weekend at Brands Hatch.
The Motorbase Performance driver has emerged as one of the star performers of the year having stepped up into the BTCC from the Carrera Cup – with the highlight coming at Snetterton when be broke onto the podium for the first time at the wheel of his BMW 320si.
The Northern Irishman has also displayed strong race pace at a number of other events, including the season opener at Brands at the start of the year when he fought for points in race one before an accident in race two forced him out of the remainder of the weekend.
Now he will hope to impress once again on Finals Day in what will be the second home round of the year for the Motorbase squad and Kane said he felt a strong result was a realistic aim for the weekend.
“I'm looking forward to the last round of my first season in the British Touring Car Championship, and I will be going to Brands Hatch to try and get a really good result,” he said. “We've been working on the car and made a few improvements so it should be in good shape. I managed to get our best qualifying result of the season at the last round at Silverstone which was great, so hopefully we can translate that into another good starting position at Brands Hatch. We have a realistic chance to get a strong result, but we'll need a bit of luck in a race situation unlike at Silverstone.
“Looking back at the 2008 season as a whole I have enjoyed it immensely. In terms of sheer enjoyment it's been the best year of racing for me since I raced karts. I've loved every minute and next year I can only be better because of all the experience I've gained. I've shown I have the raw pace but I've had to learn how to deal with much tougher traffic than I was used to before.
"I think I've done that well though, and if I get the chance to be with Motorbase next year then hopefully I can be right up there making a title challenge.”