Having sneaked onto the score sheet at the previous round in Pau, James Thompson is looking to build on that upturn in form as the World Touring Car Championship heads east to Brno.

Taking a single point for eighth around the French streets, the result also marked the first point for the N.Technology Honda Accord.

Nonetheless, having posted top five times during practice, Thompson is confident the team have a car capable of challenging rivals SEAT, BMW and Chevrolet now, even if he admits he expects BMW to dominate as ever around the sweeping Czech circuit.

"It's fair to say that the track favours BMW, but you genuinely never know," he said. "The team has beaten them before after all! Realistically, we're not quite at that stage though; our priority in Brno is braking into the top eight for qualifying and staying there during the races.

Despite his rather pragmatic outlook, Thompson has cited qualifying where the team is determined to make some improvements, not least because their race pace in France suggested they could fight at the front.

"We've seen at the last couple of race meetings that our qualifying pace tends to let us down whereas we are strong in races. Third fastest race lap in Pau with dry conditions, and two fourth fastest times during free practices in the wet, clearly mean that we are competitive in both weather conditions.

"The fact that the track has been completely resurfaced this year might also play in our favour. Having a new car, we were coming to Brno with no data to refer to, whereas other teams are using almost identical cars to last year. With an entirely new surface, no-one knows what to expect, which should level the playing field a bit."


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