It’s always special to start the season at Brands Hatch and we always want to do well at our home circuit. For me it was a bit of a pressure release and it was great to get some strong results.
Mat did a superb a job at Brands and I’m sure he will keep doing a superb job, which vindicates my decision to nail him down as early as possible last year to stay with us and not let him go and drive one of those Chevrolets.
Two press days done – Porsche and BTCC – and everything’s still in one piece!
After a long winter of wheeling and dealing – getting sponsors, getting rid of old cars, getting new cars and getting them prepared – and actually having a test programme for the first time ever in touring cars, I’m looking forward to actually going and doing a race meeting. I think it’s a lot more straightforward when you’re working to the calendar, with the occasional test day. Brands Hatch can’t come soon enough for me.
Back to Brands Hatch again then! The championship started at Brands and it’s going to end at Brands. It’s a local track for me and it has generally been good to me at the end of recent seasons, so I would really like to go out on a high again this year.
I’d like to think we can make it into the top five in qualifying, finish there or thereabouts in race one and then go on to get a podium or a win in race two or three. What I don’t want to do is end up in a situation where I’m compromised because I end up getting involved with Colin or Fabrizio. I hope I can qualify towards the front and let all that happen behind me.