BTCC Top 10 Is Frank's aim for Knockhill
After bouncing back from qualifying adversity last time out to return his Dynojet Racing Toyota Avensis to the BTCC race top 10, Frank Wrathall is hoping that this weekend's (24/25 Aug) Knockhill rounds will provide an opportunity for further championship gains.
Frank and the team have adopted a ‘back to basics' approach for their Scottish foray in the hope of regaining the qualifying form they showed in the first half of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, the highlight of which was a front-row start at Donington Park.
"We have been doing a lot of preparation work," says Frank, "and are going back to basics with the set up, starting from scratch really, and hopefully we can get going back in the right direction. Unfortunately we didn't learn too much about Knockhill last year because of mechanical problems. It's a unique circuit: there's no other track with such undulations and where you hit the kerbs as hard.
"We had quite a bit of damage to the Avensis to get fixed after the third race at Snetterton earlier this month. Our body repairer, Autocraft at Telford, dropped everything and did an amazing job to turn it around in a couple of days; we are very grateful to them.
"Hopefully we will have got it right for Knockhill, and the aim is to try to qualify near the front of the grid and then have three solid, consistent races inside the top 10."
Wrathall's preparations have been interrupted by the need for an operation on his throat: "I had a cyst at the back of my throat which required surgery. It's not ideal so close to a race meeting, but it had to be done. I felt a bit funny for a couple of days afterwards but I've had plenty of rest and been well looked after, so I should be all right for the weekend."