Fresh from his double win last time out at Donington Park, James Thompson says he is confident of more success as the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Oulton Park for the fourth round of the year.
The Team Dynamics driver, in only his second weekend with the team, stormed to victory in the opening race of the weekend at Donington and then followed it up with a race two win which made him the first driver this season to win more than one race.
With the double champion currently sixth in the standings – thanks to missing the season opener at Brands Hatch – Thompson will head to Cheshire with a ballast-free car and he said he anticipated a strong weekend for the Honda Civic at a venue where it has won in the past.
"I think the Honda will be very strong at Oulton,” he said, “strong enough to put us towards the front of the field again. Zero ballast is a big help at Oulton because it's a circuit that is exceptionally hard on the brakes. The target is to qualify on the front row of the grid for race one. The dream scenario of course would be to repeat what we did at Donington."
Despite his double win last time out, Thompson was quick to play down his chances of securing a third BTCC title, with his rivals having had three extra races to pick up points towards their tally.
“I only came back to the BTCC in round two at Thruxton and we all used that to find out about one another and form a plan of attack,” he said. “I expected to win races, but maybe not so early. That is testament to the work that has been done by the team. Now our expectations have been raised and I know there is still more performance to come from the car.
“I've been fortunate to race most of the top cars the last few years, so maybe that experience is also helping us to fastrack the car where we want it to be in terms of performance.
“If people are saying I'm in with a chance of the title, though, that's their call. I'm not thinking about anything like that. To be honest, I don't see myself being in with a shout – I missed the first round and you can't do that and really attempt to challenge for the title. The opposition is too good to give them head starts like that.”