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Airwaves cleared for maximum attack on BTCC this weekend

Tuesday, March 26 2013

Wrotham-based Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship team Airwaves Racing is expecting wins as they get their title attack off to a flying start at Brands Hatch this weekend (30/31 March).

Having developed a brand new Next Generation Touring Car Focus into a winning machine during 2012, the team is ready to set the pace right from the start of the season, following an intense pre-season test programme. Lead driver Mat Jackson has been retained on the squad, and is joined once more by Aron Smith, who took his first victory at the squad's home circuit last October.

"I always look forward to going racing at Brands," said Jackson. "Obviously it's the team's local track and we always get a lot of support whenever we race there. With the NGTC programme we're now up to two cars so hopefully we can get the set up in the right direction to challenge for race wins from the off, and everybody at Airwaves Racing is working immensely hard to achieve this."

Smith added: "I'm so excited ahead of the first round. To be back on the grid and to have Airwaves back on board so strongly with the team is literally a dream come true for me. The last time I was at Brands I won my first ever BTCC race so I have really fond memories of it as you can imagine; so fingers crossed we can go back there and do the same again!"

The team is also fighting for the Jack Sears Trophy for S2000 cars with the older Focus, with Liam Griffin returning behind the wheel. Racing under the Addison Lee Motorbase banner, Griffin will have one of the fastest cars in the class and is raring to go: "It's great to be back! I thought last year was going to be my retirement but having looked at what else is out there and just missing the BTCC over the winter period you end up thinking that there's nothing else that you want to do; it's just like a drug and you just have to come back for another dose!"

"It's always great to start the season at your home circuit," said Team Principal David Bartrum said. "To have built and presented our own new NGTC cars; keeping Mat and Aron in the seat and then to have Liam out there in his old car again with another NGTC car waiting in the wings feels extra special, and even more so to kick it all off at our local track, Brands Hatch. I can't wait to get going!"

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch are available from £26, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.