Ian Harrison: “We’ve got our backs against the wall”
BTCC News | Sat 21st August 2004Ian Harrison, boss of Triple Eight Race Engineering, who run the VX Racing Astra Coupés does not expect this weekend to be the turnaround for the works Vauxhall team. "It's tough at the moment", he said. "Things have been exaggerated a bit because of the way the regulations are. Croft and Knockhill have hurt us - they aren't circuits that particularly suit our car, and neither is Brands really. Hopefully Snetterton and Donington can turn things around a bit for us though."
Muller and Thompson continue to lead the championship standings, but neither has taken a win at either of the last two championship meetings. Anthony Reid took two wins at Knockhill for the independent West Surrey Racing team, and is now just over 20 points behind the lead pair. With more than 140 points to be claimed from the last nine races of the season, Reid is now a serious contender for the drivers' crown.
The MG's form has improved throughout the year - a point which has not escaped Harrison: "I think the regulations as they are at the moment, were originally intended to help proper independents. But the teams we've got now aren't proper independents. Anthony Reid's team has improved their car a lot. We've certainly got our backs against the wall at the moment."
"It sounds like we're whinging but three of the four teams fighting for the championship can test. They have been able to develop their cars whereas ours is more or less the same as it was at the start of the season."
"We're not going any slower than we have been. It is the others that are going faster. But we don't go down without a fight and we're not going to roll over and let them win."