The GKR TradePriceCars.com team will seek to put strong points on the board when the new Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship season kicks off this coming weekend at Donington Park.
The multi award-winning, Essex-based motor dealership goes into its second season in the most competitive series in British motorsport looking to build on a stellar 2019 campaign, where it secured a breakthrough victory and regularly took the challenge to the established order on track.
Whilst the team will continue to campaign a pair of Audi S3s during the delayed, nine round season, a new-look drive line-up will debut in the East Midlands, with third year racer Bobby Thompson being joined by former British GT champion James Gornall - who makes his series debut.
Bobby joins the team on the back of an encouraging 2019 season that saw him secure his maiden top six result and a total of ten points scoring finishes - leaving him just outside the top ten in the Independents’ championship and third in the Jack Sears Trophy for drivers who have yet to finish on the overall podium.
The 24-year-old from Essex goes into the season opener seeking to build on a solid pre-season testing programme that saw him running well in the midfield pack during group testing at both Silverstone and Snetterton.
Armed with the very car that gave GKR TradePriceCars.com its maiden race win at Knockhill nearly twelve months ago, Bobby will look to put some strong points on the board to kick-start his championship challenge, with the former VW Cup champion being tipped as one of the favourites for the Jack Sears Trophy title.
Bobby Thompson, #19 GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3, said:
"It’s great that we are finally able to get the season underway this weekend and I’m feeling confident heading to Donington Park. Although I haven’t had that much time in the car during the off-season, the testing that we have done has been really positive and I think we are in a good place.
"It would be nice if it was dry as I haven’t had a lot of time on slicks with the Audi, but at the same time, we know we have a decent package in the wet; even with a few little things that we still need to try out. I don’t think anyone has really shown their hand in testing so we need to see exactly where everyone stands when the action kicks off, but I’m confident about what we can do.
"Personally, my focus is on trying to bring home some top ten finishes this weekend. We have to try and qualify as high up the order as we can and I feel we’ll have a good race car that will allow us to push for some good points to start the season."