Thompson is staying positive after toughest BTCC test yet in heat of Thruxton battles

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 May 2018

Bobby Thompson looks relaxed (pic

Bobby Thompson looks relaxed (pic


Hornchurch’s Bobby Thompson is hoping for kinder conditions in the next round of the Dunlpo MSA British Touring Car Championship next month after a tough weekend at Thruxton.

Bobby Thompson in racing action (pic Thompson in racing action (pic

Rounds seven, eight and nine were a struggle for the reigning VW Cup Series champion, as tyres were quickly chewed up on a sun-baked circuit.

But the 21-year-old Thompson was trying to remain positive after missing out on points and said: “It was definitely an up and down weekend with more downs than ups. I’m disappointed not to score any points but nobody on the team managed to.

“Although we tried everything we could think of, we couldn’t get more than a few laps out of our tyres before it was like driving on ice. As thrilling as Thruxton is to drive, I’m glad we only race here once a year. I’m hoping the weather at the next round is more like it was at Donington!”

Thompson had enjoyed a good pre-season test at Thruxton, where average lap speeds top 110mph, but with temperatures in the high 20s, the abrasive surface was more like sandpaper than tarmac.

On the penultimate row of the grid for the first 16-lap race, he made a good start and gained several positions early on, but was forced over the grass when two rivals clashed three laps from home and rejoined in 26th.

After slipping back at the start of race two, Thompson began a trademark charge and was the fastest of his team’s four drivers.

Overtaking four caps on one lap while his tyres allowed, he was on the fringes of the top 20 and ousted James Nash on the final lap for a maiden top-six finish in the Jack Sears Trophy standings.

On the 10th row of the grid for the final race, he gained places at the start to move into 17th and stayed within striking distance of the points before a brush with defending champion Ash Sutton forced him wide and he fell back to 22nd.

“The touch was nothing major and he came up and said sorry after,”said Thompson.

“He is a champion and I am a rookie and although I tried to keep him behind me I knew at some point he’d say ‘I’m coming through like it or not’.

“The main thing for me is I’m racing everyone hard but fair and earning their respect. It was clear early on there was nothing anyone on the team could do to help us get the tyres to last.”

Latest Romford Sports News

Yesterday, 10:12

Romford were left to rue a poor first-half performance as they fell to defeat at Bostik North rivals Mildenhall Town.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Raiders skated to victory over their Peterborough rivals in National League Division Two on Saturday.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Hornchurch picked up only a second point in six Bostik Premier outings with a hard fought draw against high-flying Worthing.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Everyone Active Raiders came back from two goals down in the final period before snatching a thrilling overtime win over National League leaders Bracknell at Romford’s Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Stopper became a father for second time just hours before winning man of the match award in win over Fylde

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Vanarama National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 2 (Wilkinson 28, Munns 64) Fylde 1 (Bond 1)

Friday, November 16, 2018

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane says his side are not a million miles away from breaking their bad run of form in recent weeks.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Boro were without a competitive game last Saturday, instead taking on landlords East Thurrock United in a friendly


From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area


A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now