Hornchurch racer Thompson pleased with his last display ahead of the summer break
PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 June 2018
Dunlop MSA British Touring Car rookie Bobby Thompson knows he has more work to do despite capping off the first-half of his maiden season on a high note with his best race yet at Croft in North Yorkshire.
Although his 21st-placed effort in the 15th round of the 30-race season didn’t net the reigning VW Cup Series Champ a point, the manner of Thompson’s race three charge gave the 21-year-old Hornchurch-based driver confidence as the race series heads into its five-week summer break.
“We know we have a lot of work to do over the summer break but it feels really good to finish the first half of the year after a proper race with some proper moves,” Thompson said.
“I was in a race there, not just competing and when I can race, that is what I can do. We haven’t had a totally clear weekend yet and we have always started at least one of the races at each round far lower than we should have been.
“But more often than not in racing you make your own luck and when that clear weekend comes, and it will, then we’ll be off and running.
“I’ll be able to really pay back all my supporters and sponsors.”
The result netted Thompson sixth in the Jack Sears Trophy and moved him back up to tenth in the season long JST standings.
More significantly, over the second half of the race he actually gained ground on Sam Tordoff, Tom Ingram and Tom Oliphant who finished eighth, ninth and tenth on the road.
Former Emerson Park pupil Thompson revealed it was the hardest drive he’s ever done in his racing career.
“I can honestly say I’ve never driven that hard in my life,” he added. “I didn’t leave anything out there and I feel like I was finally able to show the BTCC paddock a true glimpse of what we are capable of.”
It was another emotionally draining weekend for the current BRDC Rising Star, who went in to Saturday’s qualifying session with precisely one lap of the track under his belt following a day he described as ‘a total nightmare’.
Even though he ended Sunday on a high, Thompson and his team didn’t escape the trio of 15-lap races without drama, as a race two encounter with an errant stack of tyres at more than 100mph put paid to a realistic shot at a points-scoring finish.