Thompson believes his local support has given him a big boost in BTCC debut season
PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 July 2018
Hornchurch based racing star Bobby Thompson admits that the first half of his rookie season in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship hasn’t been as successful as he would have liked.
But the 21-year old former Emerson Park school student is also quick to point to a growing group of local sponsors without whom his dreams of racing in Britain’s highest profile premier domestic championship would remain nothing more than just that a pipe dream.
“I can’t deny that my first half a season in the BTCC has been anything but a steep learning curve and after winning the VW Cup Series title last year it is tough knowing that you are going out there every time not fighting for a win but just fighting for a point,” Thompson said.
The racer’s next outing for the Brands Hatch based Team HARD squad will be at the much anticipated 60th anniversary meeting at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk on the weekend of July 28-29.
Although the current BRDC Rising Star, who also works as a qualified ARDS race instructor, has yet to score his maiden BTCC Championship point, his familiar #19 VW CC has been one of the most popular and most photographed machines on the 32-strong grid this year, helped in no small part by Bobby’s strong presence on social media.
“I’ve have always been very lucky to have a lot of local support, including on the pages of the Recorder, ever since my karting days.
“We have been involved with Keith Plenty at KCP Demolition for over a year now and when I won the VW Cup Series and announced I would be joining the BTCC this year I have been overwhelmed by the support of people like Mick McManus from Vanarama Chelmsford and Mike Joseph from Autonational Rescue who are based in Romford.
“Even though we are fighting to stay in the top 20 rather than for race wins, the coverage that the BTCC gets on ITV Sport and the fact that there hasn’t been a race day crowd lower than 30,000 so far this year means that I have had even more interest from local companies wanting to get involved with what we can offer and we were able to add GTEC from Stratford onto the car after a few meetings this year and hopefully we can bring a few more people on board before the season is out ahead of next year.”