Jonathan Adam says he is hoping to be in the hunt for podium finishes on his first weekend in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship as the new season gets underway at Brands Hatch.
The double SEAT Cupra Championship title winner has finally secured the move into touring cars this year after inking a deal with the Motorbase Performance-run Airwaves BMW team, and has impressed thus far with his performance behind the wheel – bouncing back from a mechanical issue at the Rockingham media day to set the second quickest time during the Brands Hatch test last week.
Now the young Scot will look to carry that pace into his first race weekend in the series and he said he was hopeful of a solid debut at the wheel of the team's BMW 320si.
“Brands Hatch is a circuit I really enjoy so I'm delighted I can start my first BTCC season there,” he said. “I'm excited to be part of such a great team at Airwaves BMW, they've made me feel at home and I've settled in really quickly. Rob and I were both quick in testing and we got the mileage we wanted done, so we know where we are in terms of set-ups.
“I think our race pace will be good but we have to qualify well, that will be important because it's such a short, fast lap around the Brands Hatch Indy track. If we can do that then Rob and myself will hopefully be able to score some podiums and be in the hunt for a win.”
Team-mate Collard said he too was confident for the weekend ahead as he returns for a second year with the team, with his focus being on making a solid start to a potential title challenge.
“I'm very much looking forward to getting back in the driving seat at Brands Hatch,” he said. “I had a nice quiet break over the winter but the team have done a fantastic job working on the cars to make sure they will be very competitive. We have done a lot of testing over the past few weeks and showed just how quick we can be, so I think we can pick up where we left off at Brands last season and score podium finishes.
“I think we surprised a lot of people then, and we want to do that again by kicking our performance up another gear. The main objective though is to bring the cars home in good points-scoring positions so we can begin to build a solid title challenge.”