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AmD Milltek Racing.com targets points return at Knockhill
Old 26 Aug 2011 19:51
 
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The AmD Milltek Racing.com team is targeting a return to the points scoring positions as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship gears up for its annual trip to Scotland for the seventh round of the season next weekend (3/4 September).

The West Thurrock-based team will make the long trip to the picturesque Knockhill circuit - overlooking the Firth of Forth buoyed by a solid start to the second half of the season at Snetterton earlier this month, when new driver Martin Byford acquitted himself well to the rough and tumble of touring car competition on his BTCC debut.

Despite only having a day behind the wheel of the AmD Milltek Racing.com Volkswagen Golf prior to his first weekend with the team, Colchester-based racer Martin a former champion in the BTCC supporting Renault Clio Cup was quickly up to speed and made good progress throughout the weekend, where he secured a best finish of 14th.

Martin now heads to Knockhill looking to build on the early promise shown at Snetterton as he seeks to become a BTCC points scorer for the first time at a circuit where he has enjoyed success in a range of formulae earlier in his career.

Looking back at Snetterton now Ive had time to really reflect on it, I think it went well as a whole, he said. I know I pushed a bit too hard in qualifying and its shame we were forced to retire in race two with a gear linkage issue, but we made good progress throughout the weekend and I couldnt have asked for much more apart from a point!

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Ive now had a weekend to get used to the car and to get to know the team a bit more and Im going to Knockhill trying to unlock more of the potential that I know is in the Golf. Ive raced there quite a lot in the past and its a circuit I enjoy, and its also one where I think the Golf will be strong. The car carries speed through the corners well, which is something you need at Knockhill, but you cant afford a mistake as the lap is so short that the smallest of mistakes is going to cost you positions.

Im looking forward to my second weekend in the BTCC and hopefully I can continue the progress we made at Snetterton and push towards the top ten.

Team principal Shaun Hollamby said he was hopeful that the long trip north would see the team rewarded with its fourth top ten finish of the season after missing out at Snetterton.

We had a few small problems at Snetterton that meant we didnt score points when we probably should have done, but at the same time, there were some things that we discovered that we will now benefit from, he said. I was pleased with how Martin performed in his first weekend and how well he fitted in with the team, and Im looking forward to seeing how he does at Knockhill, Its a real drivers circuit and he is a good driver.

The gearbox issue in the second race at Snetterton probably cost us points but hopefully well put that right next weekend. The Golf is now performing well on all kinds of circuits and we went well at Knockhill last year, so were aiming to break back into the top ten again.

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