Darren Dowling says, like team-mate Chris Stockton, that he is hopeful of a more competitive display in his second meeting in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone.

The BTC Racing driver suffered from oversteer during his debut meeting at Brands Hatch last time out, but still brought his Lexus home to the finish in two of the three races as the team kicked off its testing programme ahead of a full campaign in 2007.

With more work carried out on bringing the cars up to speed ahead of the season finale, Dowling said he was excited at the prospect of lining up on the BTCC grid for the second time and was hoping to make progress from his first outing three weeks ago.

"I am looking forward to the prospect of being offered the opportunity to race again in the BTCC with BTC Racing," he said. "The list of problems we had at Brands Hatch, particularly with the oversteer issue I experienced, should be ironed out by the time we get to Silverstone and I believe that the cars will be much more competitive.

"My main aims for the weekend are to qualify further up the gird and finish all three races with improved results. We are still looking for sponsors for next year and Brands Hatch and Silverstone have given us an ideal platform to show potential investors that we are out there. We achieved so much in our first outing at Brands and the future of BTC Racing in BTCC is looking bright."

Team owner Bert Taylor added that the team had achieved everything it wanted to from its first meeting in the BTCC and was hoping to repeat the experience this time around.

"We learnt a lot at Brands Hatch and considering the short amount of time we had the cars, we came away from the weekend feeling that we had achieved what we wanted to achieve," he said. "We have spent the time in between races working through our list of development needs and we are hoping the improvements we make will move us further up the grid."