Susie Stoddart will hope to break into the points for the first time in 2008 as the DTM heads to Brands Hatch later this month for the eighth round of the year.
Having been promoted to a year old car for the new season, after spending her first two years in the series in two year old machinery, Stoddart has enjoyed what she refers to as a 'solid' year so far, although the 25-year-old Scot has yet to bring his TV Spielfilm AMG Mercedes home inside the points scoring positions.
However, Stoddart has been close to a place in the top eight on more than one occasion during the year to date and her aim at Brands Hatch will now be to break into the points for the first time in 2008.
"I think it's been a solid start to the year," she reflected in an interview with Crash.net Radio
. "I wouldn't say I am overly happy with it but I wouldn't say I am disappointed with it either. There are four races left and there is the chance to get some good results in, but I have made progress and have improved on last year.
"The situation changes every year in terms of how quick and how good your car is, but I have done a better job than last year. For me, it is great to have Gary Paffett as a team-mate given he is a past champion and a Formula One test driver. If I can get close to him, I know I am on the limit of the car and am doing a good job.
"I think it always been my aim to score points but you have to realistic about your chances of achieving that. There are a lot of '07 cars that have scored points and I have been close and put in some good performances. For sure, I want to score points and it's what I'll be working on."
Stoddart added that she was looking forward to the Brands Hatch race weekend – the closest thing she will get to a home race – and said she was hopeful that large British contingent on the grid would help bring fans through the gates.
"For me I don't class Brands Hatch as a home race as its hours away from my hometown in Scotland!" she continued. "But it will be nice to do all my interviews in English and race in front of a home crowd, if you can call it that. It is a shame we are on the Indy circuit rather than the GP circuit but it should be a good weekend and Lewis Hamilton is there doing a demonstration which will be great for the fans.
"In Germany the DTM is massive; it is only just behind Formula One so people really appreciate it and enjoy the racing. It isn't as well known in the UK, but we have a strong field of British drivers and I hope we get a good showing with lots of people in."
Indeed, Stoddart is of one of two British female drivers who will line up on the grid, with former Champ Car racer Katherine Legge having joined Audi for the 2008 season, but the Scot said there was no special rivalry between the two women racers.
"She is another one of the 18 drivers I have to beat and there is no special rivalry there; she is just another racer," she said. "I think the media interest had died down a bit now as it isn't a female race; it is one race and one battle out there."