Team RAC team boss Dick Bennetts says his BMW squad will look to 'keep the points ticking over' at Thruxton after admitting that the quickest circuit on the BTCC calendar is the toughest for his team in qualifying.
The high-speed Hampshire venue has traditionally favoured front-wheel drive cars during qualifying although the BMW runners have tended to come good on race day – as seen last year when Colin Turkington picked up a double podium finish.
The team heads to Thruxton this weekend in second place in the championship standings behind VX Racing, and Bennetts said he was keen to see both Turkington and Stephen Jelley do their upmost to bring home more points for the second meeting of the year to keep in touch with the factory Vauxhall team.
“Thruxton is the toughest track in terms of qualifying for us,” he said. “We believe the front wheel drive cars have an advantage here. If we qualify in the top six we will be extremely happy.
“We do have a good history in the races themselves though. This weekend will be all about the accumulation of points and making sure we keep the season tally total ticking over.”
Turkington heads the chasing pack behind early leader Matt Neal in the drivers' standings and also leads the Independents' title race as he seeks a third straight crown, and he said he was keen to build on the momentum from Brands Hatch.
“Obviously I am looking forward to the meeting and carrying on the momentum we gained from Brands Hatch,” he said. “In the past we have struggled to qualify well at Thruxton but we have a history of doing well in the races themselves. The Thruxton circuit is all about tyre-wear and getting them to last.
“I'm confident Team RAC can be competitive and pick up some good points.”