Brett Smith nailed Eurotech's first win of the 2016 Season with a hard-fought victory in MINI Challenge at the Brands Hatch Mini Festival. Brett sealed the successful weekend with a pole position, fastest lap, a win and a second place. Team mates Jeff and Jo made best finishes of 7th and 20th on the near capacity MINI Challenge grid of 27 cars.
Tough weekend for Eurotech at Croft
The British Touring Car Championship headed in to Croft in North Yorkshire for Round 5, a circuit known to favour rear wheel drive cars it was going to be a challenge for the Eurotech front wheel drive Honda Civic Type R’s.
The weekend started with much promise as the Eurotech Hondas showed really strong pace on Saturday with Martin Depper and Jeff Smith putting in top ten lap times in free practice one and Dan Lloyd impressing with another glimpse of his talent, in only his third round in the car topping the lap times in free practice two and qualifying in P2 for race one putting the Honda on the front row once again lining up next to the Subaru of Colin Turkington.
With Depper and Smith qualifying P23 and P26 after failing to string the sectors together on the busy narrow circuit and Smith falling foul of the track limits having his best lap time disallowed the two team-mates looked to have a hard job ahead for race one while all eyes were on Lloyd from his front row starting position. Lloyd made a perfect start against the rear wheel drive Subaru and had the nose of the Honda in front by the end of the straight but disaster struck as he clashed with Turkington who was still alongside him in to turn one and he was turned around and spat out in to the tyre barrier forcing him to retire with front end damage. Smith and Depper managed to battle their way through making some progress despite the rough conditions, their pace was curtailed by the slower Audi of Ollie Jackson who cut the chicane in order to stay in front. Eventually bringing the Hondas home just about in one piece to finish P20 and P18 in a messy race with numerous Safety Cars and a debris littered track.
Race two saw Lloyd having to start from last on the grid following his DNF, fighting his way through in what was another rough race he managed to bring the Honda home in 23rd making up eight places. Smith eventually finishing in 18th and Depper being on the receiving end of more contact was knocked back to finish 28th in what was proving to be a difficult day of hard driving for little reward with many of the usual front-runners struggling in the mid-field.
Just before race three gridded up the forecasted rain started to come down, the Eurotech cars were prepared for it and they went out on a wet set-up hoping to salvage something from a frustrating weekend. The rain became heavier as the race went on and Lloyd and Smith were suffering with visibility issues as an electrical fault hampered the wipers on both cars. Showing grit and determination all three drivers battled through the grim conditions competing against driving standards that left a lot to be desired. With Lloyd finishing in 13th, Depper in 16th and Smith in 18th respectively with all three cars looking very battle scarred from a rough day.
Comments from Eurotech ‘The whole team worked tirelessly all weekend for very little reward results-wise but there were moments of brilliance to draw from. We will gladly put this round behind us and keep building on the positives, our pace was there. Our cars suffered a lot of bodywork damage and during every race our drivers were doing their best with damaged cars it really was a battlefield. The cars will now be completely stripped back and rebuilt ready for a fresh attack on the second half of the season from Snetterton on 30th/31st July’.
Eurotech remain fourth in the Independent Teams Championship and are only three points short of third placed BKR Racing.
Eurotech rollercoaster ride at Oulton Park
The British Touring Car Championship rolled in to the fast technical circuit of Oulton Park in the Cheshire countryside for the fourth event on the 2016 calendar under a summer heatwave and a festival atmosphere, with one of the most appreciative fan bases.
Confident following great results at Thruxton the Eurotech Racing three car team showed good pace in Free Practice 1 and 2. This was cemented in Qualifying with Daniel Lloyd putting in an impressive P2 lap time, placing a Eurotech Honda on the front row of the grid for the first time since 2014, an amazing achievement in just his second round in the car. Jeff Smith qualified in P13 and Martin Depper in P20 in an incredibly tight grid with just a second separating the top 22 cars.
Race 1 was true BTCC style elbows-out racing with Lloyd holding his own until a hefty shove (later penalised) from Jason Plato knocked him out wide at turn three, he was then just pipped across the line by Tom Ingram but took a credible 6th place finish. Depper made good progress battling through the mid-field up to a 14th place finish. Smith was struggling to find the right car balance finishing 21st. The win went to Colin Turkington from pole, with Sam Tordoff 2nd and Jason Plato 3rd.
In Race 2 Lloyds car was struggling carrying the success ballast from Race 1 in the intense heat, with Depper battling to maintain his mid pack start position. Smith came through from 21st on the grid meeting his team mates in the middle of the grid to cross the line in a line in 13th, 14th and 15th. With Sam Tordoff taking he win from Turkington and Plato again finishing on the podium.
Lloyd was making good progress going forwards in Race 3 when he suffered a big hit from behind at the hairpin, pushing him into the car in front which caused a lot of damage to both ends of his car, resulting in a non-finish. Smith also had to retire from a puncture picked up from contact. Leaving just Depper running to salvage some points from what was a disappointing end to a day, one that had started with so much promise. A difficult circuit for overtaking which results in hard racing with a lot of contact. The race was won by Matt Neal who was a long way clear followed by Sam Tordoff and Jason Plato again making up the podium.
The team worked hard as always all weekend with the searing heat causing problems with overheating brakes and car balance, a challenge for many of the teams that was proving difficult to get right.
Eurotech are fourth in the Independent Teams Championship and will be back fighting at Croft!
Eurotech make a BIG impression at Thruxton
The British Touring Car Championship met the fastest circuit in the UK on the hottest day of the year so far, with this combination causing mayhem on tyre wear and producing exhilarating unpredictable races.
Eurotech Racing announced live on ITV Sport during the coverage from Donington Park the signing of exciting young prospect Daniel Lloyd as their third driver to race from Thruxton onwards.
The 24-year old notched two wins in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB back in 2012 and 2013. Since then, Lloyd has gone on to compete in a number of GT championships, including the Blancpain Endurance Series, British GT and United Sports Car Championship.
The deal was confirmed at Donington Park on Sunday morning, and subsequently ratified by Series Organiser TOCA.
Eurotech has been loaned the available TBL (TOCA BTCC Licence) for the remainder of the 2016 season.
He becomes the latest of a raft of talented young guns currently competing in the championship, signing up to drive the Honda Civic Type R alongside team-mates Jeff Smith and Martin Depper for Eurotech Racing.
Highs and Lows for Eurotech at Donington
The second round of the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park was a roller coaster ride of ups and downs for Eurotech Racing. The highs included a great drive to a 7th place finish for Jeff Smith in Race 1 and a storming finish from Martin Depper in Race 3 from 17th on the grid to 11th clouded by two DNF’s, one for each driver.
Qualifying consisted of several seasons in one session with hail, rain and sunshine making luck of timing with tyre choice the critical factor. Having had both drivers in the top ten for several laps the grid lottery in the ever changing conditions gave the two Honda Civic Type R’s starting positions of P12 for Smith and P26 for Depper.
Race day remained dry and sunny throughout, Race 1 saw Smith make great progress from P12 battling his way up to a P7 finish and the first Honda home but it was a race to forget for his team-mate who lost a wheel in the early laps. The race was brought to an early conclusion with a red flag for the Subaru of James Cole suffering a fiery inferno. The win went comfortably to Mat Jackson after fighting off the MG front row lock out in the opening laps, with Josh Cook and Tom Ingram completing the podium.
Race 2 meant a back of the grid start for Depper following his DNF but showing the Honda’s pace he carved his way through from the back of the 31 car grid to finish P17. Smith keen to go forwards from his P7 start was looking promising but amidst the rough wheel to wheel argy-bargy that BTCC is renowned for was pushed wide at Redgate losing six places and receiving damage to the rear suspension which meant he slowly dropped back to a P18 finish. Rob Collard took the win with Jackson second and Aron Smith taking third.
For Race 3 the two Eurotech Hondas lined up side by side in P17 and P18, Smith made a blinding start out of the box and was breaking in to the top ten when the soft tyres started to go off, with a few laps to go the front left tyre had a blow out and left Smith frustratingly sat on the sidelines with a second DNF for the team. On the flipside Depper had found an amazing amount of momentum and really came on strong in the closing laps with an exciting dash to the finish line just pipping Hunter Abbott to finish in P11. The race was won by Matt Neal meaning the first six races have had an incredible six different winners, with Gordon Shedden completing a Honda 1-2 and Sam Tordoff taking third.
The Team is sitting 4th in the Independent Teams Championship and is looking to build on the highs at the next round at Thruxton where they will have the addition of new driver Daniel Lloyd in the third Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R.
The opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on 3rd April saw a significant display of improvement for Eurotech Racing from the previous season. The team fielding two new Type R Honda Civics driven by Jeff Smith and Martin Depper showed much promise for the season ahead with two top ten finishes for Smith, one being a photo finish across the line for 6th place in race three.
It has been an incredibly busy winter period for the team. So busy that we havn't had time to do any updates on the website! We launched the new Honda Civic Type R BTCC cars at the Autosport Show in January with much praise for the striking new look livery. Then took to the track with a week long test in Spain at the Fastparcmotor circuit du Castelloli during February with two new Type R's tested by Martin Depper and Jeff Smith. Following this the team completed a two day test at Thruxton where Jeff Smith put in the fastest lap times of the BTCC cars in attendance. The team have also been testing the MINI Challenge F56 car. The driver line-up for the MINI Challenge assault has been confirmed as Jo Polley graduating from the Cooper class as Ladies Champion, and Jeff Smith who will compliment his BTCC drive with some additional seat time. We are really pleased with the progress and results of pre-season testing. There is still lots of preparation and work for the new season going on at Eurotech HQ, as well as being in the middle of moving in to our new much larger workshop premises!
Eurotech Racing have secured a third TOCA race licence after negotiations to purchase Houseman Racing’s TBL, car and race equipment were concluded on Friday.
Another rollercoaster season in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship concluded last weekend, with Eurotech Racing heading down to Kent to visit Brands Hatch for the second time this year. The final three rounds of the UK's premier motorsport series would be contested on the Grand Prix configuration of the venue, with the team keen to give their outgoing Honda Civic machinery a good sendoff as they prepare to upgrade to Type-R technology for 2016.
The Midlands based team currently running two Honda Civics in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship have confirmed they are to upgrade to the new Honda Civic Type R for 2016.
Team Principal Jeff Smith has announced the team also intends to run a third Honda Civic Type R next season, with all three cars running the latest NGTC specification chassis parts from RML. The first car is already underway and will be out of production in the next few weeks, with the other two cars arriving before Christmas.
Smith says ‘we have been impressed with the performance of the new Type R this season run by Team Dynamics and feel it is the logical way to progress forwards. We have negotiated a deal with Dynamics to enable us to run the latest car, along with re-establishing the data sharing agreement Eurotech had with them back in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.’
‘To facilitate the third car we are moving to much larger premises later this year, this will allow us to expand the BTCC operation and give us considerable scope to develop into other series should the right opportunity arise.’
‘We are here for the long term and see this as the natural progression to move the team to the next level. It’s a huge investment but one that will give us a package that will enable us to be at the sharp end of the grid for 2016. We are already talking to potential candidates for the third seat and would like to be in a position to announce the driver line up by the end of October.’
Eurotech Racing took another hat-trick of points finishes in the penultimate round of the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at the world-famous Silverstone circuit in front of a capacity crowd, as well as several of the team's guests and sponsors.
The team arrived in Northamptonshire for the second successive meeting keen to build upon the progress achieved at Rockingham three weeks prior, the most notable example being Jeff Smith lining up a fantastic 5th for the second race by virtue of his fastest lap time. The team had only tested at Silverstone in wet conditions previously this season so it would be crucial during both free practice sessions on Saturday to find a good setup to improve the team's qualifying performance, which has been the achilles heel of the Midlands-based team this year.
In the first session, it was Martin Depper who set the fastest time of the two Eurotech Honda Civic's, posting a 59.480 that placed him 16th on the timesheets, whilst Jeff set a 59.988 that put him in 22nd. In the second session, both drivers improved on their previous times, but Jeff found another eight tenths in the car and his resulting 59.172 put him in 20th, whilst Martin's 59.348 was good enough for 22nd.
“The first session we struggled as a result of being a bit adrift with the setup.” commented Smith “Martin's engineer went a different route on setup to us and his car certainly seemed to work better than ours. So for the second session we moved the setup completely and did slightly better, but the main problem was the balance of the car, basically.”
“In the free practice sessions, we started with a good position on setup and we started to make it better. We actually found a fabulous race setup, but then it was a case of squeezing that little bit extra out of it for qualifying, which has been my achilles heel over this particular season.” admitted Depper.
Qualifying took place in near-enough perfect conditions, but again it proved to be a thorn in the side of the team as Jeff qualified 17th whilst Martin was left with it all to do from 21st after the two posted quickest lap times of 58.711 and 58.980 respectively. The session was a testament to the close nature of the championship, as Jeff's lap time was in fact only 0.633 seconds slower than pole-sitter Mat Jackson, yet the two were seperated by eight rows of cars.
“We made some quite dramatic changes to the car again for qualifying, and went 0.35 seconds quicker than Andrew Jordan did last year! I thought we were going to be in the top ten with that, but lo and behold, we ended up in 17th, which I was absoloutely gutted with. We left ourselves with it all to do again in the race.” said a frustrated Smith afterwards.
“We targeted a 58.500 for qualifying, and really we should have been able to achieve it, but it was just getting it right on the day that eluded Jeff and myself.” said Depper honestly. “He got even
closer than I did but we were still a couple of tenths off. If we'd had that, it would have made all the difference with regards to our starting positions. Yet again we have a very tight grid, I believe the top twenty-three of us were seperated by one second, which is crazy.”
The team arrived at Silverstone on Sunday morning in the midst of heavy fog but the conditions cleared in plenty of time for the first of the weekend's triple-header of races.
Both drivers improved on their qualifying performance in the first encounter, with Martin pulling off another comeback drive to score points in 13th, although this was at the cost of compromising his fastest lap time and he would again start from 21st in the second race. Jeff, meanwhile, managed to qualify in an improved position of 14th and was unlucky not to score points as well as he took the chequered flag in 16th.
“In race one I did my usual tactic of not pushing up too much and just hanging back a little to make sure I got a clean lap.” revealed Jeff “In previous races what we've done is dropped into the pits, but because it's a short lap at Silverstone that wouldn't really work. So we stayed out on track, found some space and put a reasonably quick lap in to put me 14th for race two.”
“I just kept chipping away at the cars in front and it was a very enjoyable race.” smiled Depper “It was a case of just keeping my nose clean and the car remained strong throughout. It's just a shame we couldn't start a bit further up as I'm sure we could have made some good gains if that were the case.”
The second race saw both Eurotech cars use their soft compound tyres, raising the question of how long the faster but less durable rubber would last. With the car usually looking after it's tyres better than some of the other NGTC entrants on the grid, there was every reason to be confident.
Again, Martin made his way through the midfield to score a single point, although he was helped by Smith on the last lap who allowed his team-mate through after Depper was adjudged to have originally made the move under yellow-flag conditions, forcing him to return to 16th. Jeff spent the race also managing his tyres whilst in a duel with the Mercedes A-Class of Aiden Moffat and the Ford Focus of Mike Bushell and demonstrated some excellent defensive driving to maintain his position amongst this pack. The two Civics would cross the line nose-to-tail in 15th and 16th.
“We again made a few changes to the car before race two, which partly worked and partly didn't! And unfortunately we got put back a bit to 16th in the race, which I was understandably disappointed with.” commented Smith.
“I had a few concerns about how the soft tyres might last in race two” admitted Martin “although our car is kinder on it's tyre wear than a lot of our competitors. But I went into it feeling confident, and again we did well. I took it a bit easy at the start, maybe I could have pushed a bit more but the tyres were at the front of my mind, but as the race continued, so did the strength of the car. Jeff was doing well to defend from Moffat in front at one stage, but that was costing me a bit in terms of performance as I tagged onto the back of that particular battle. I ended up passing him under yellow flags, so I had to give that back, but on the final lap he handed me the position back, which he didn't have to do so I was very pleased.”
With the sun beginning to set, the stage was ready for the last race of the meeting. Both cars started from their finishing positions in the previous round and it was a tale of contrasting fortunes for the two cars. Martin completed his hat-trick of points finishes to come home in 14th, whilst Jeff was forced to retire after a heavy spin under braking whilst running behind triple WTCC champion Andy Priaulx in 12th, rounding off a weekend of frustration for the team principal. He shed some light on his thoughts after the race.
“We were making good progress in the race and I was closing up onto the back of Andy Priaulx into Brooklands, but as soon as I hit the brakes the rear end of the car completely stepped out on me and put me into a huge spin. It would appear from the on-board footage I touched the grass, as did Andy in front, but he managed to get away with it and I didn't.” he said.
“A few cars came past me at the start of race three, but it didn't upset me too much.” said Depper after the action had concluded. “Heading into the second corner on lap two, I was being patient but, although I was unaware of it at the time, Josh Cook was up to something and all of a sudden I had a massive hit on my side, which lost me momentum and gave me a massive bash on my drivers door. This pushed me wide and I remember seeing three or four cars just get away from me, so I ended up spending the rest of the race trying to peg it back a little bit. If it hadn't been for that then I think maybe we could have made it up to about 12th at least.”
Eurotech Racing leave Silverstone placed 11th in the HIQ Teams Championship, with a comfortable 20 point margin to Laser Tools Racing that is unlikely to be overturned. They lead the same team in the Independents category by an even greater 34 point margin and sit in 6th. In terms of the drivers, Martin Depper and Jeff Smith head into the series finale in 18th and 19th respectively on 52 and 29 points. Independently, the two sit in 10th and 12th, with Martin in particular standing a good chance of progressing further up the standings on Finals Day at Brands Hatch.
It wasn't the weekend the team would have been hoping for, but again Eurotech Racing came away with a hat-trick of points finishes and some promising data. They now head next to Brands Hatch in Kent over the weekend of the 10th-11th October, where they will contest the Grand Prix configuration of the circuit in the final round of the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Eurotech Racing continued their consistent tally of points finishes last weekend as they contested the eighth meeting of the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at the 1.94 mile Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire.
The team arrived ahead of the weekend keen to build on a positive last outing at the notoriously challenging Knockhill, where five out of a possible six points finishes were claimed by the ever improving duo of Jeff Smith and Martin Depper. Rockingham however provides a completely different challenge for the drivers and engineers.
Saturday morning brought the least favourable conditions of the season, with a damp track and low ambient temperature, ensuring nobody on the thirty car grid could set representative lap times in the first forty minute free practice session. Martin clocked the 14th fastest time, whilst Jeff finished the opening session in 19 th.
The second session brought better weather conditions, and with track temperatures rising consistently throughout the morning the time for finding a set up for qualifying had arrived. This time it was Smith that posted the faster time of the two Civics with a 1:23.610, still only placing him a frustrating 20th. Depper meanwhile, finished the session directly behind his team-mate on the time sheets with a best lap of 1:23.653. The two contested both sessions without any mechanical woes in another testament to the car's reliability, now it was a case of fine-tuning the set up in preparation for another highly competitive qualifying session.
“Free practice one was difficult for everybody” said Jeff afterwards “Free practice two was okay for me, I just didn't manage to string a complete lap together.”
Martin agreed “FP1 one was wet and then drying, we were all in the same boat and nobody learnt very much so that was a bit of a wasted session. The second session was dry, I rolled out looking forward to some good running, only to find the setup we had wasn't quite right for me. I should have reacted a bit quicker with the engineers – unfortunately we didn’t and opted to continue with the same set up but try fresh set of tyres, unfortunately it didn’t improve and we never found the balance in FP2.”
Qualifying brought about a familiar sense of frustration as both cars were unable to string together their three best sectors in a single run. Whilst competitive in each individual sector, the overall lap times put Martin and Jeff in 21st and 22nd respectively with best times of 1:23.224 and 1:23.531. Despite setting their best times of the weekend, the two drivers were again denied a loftier starting position by fractions of a second as the close competitive nature of the championship was highlighted once again.
With Sunday drawing in both the crowds and the sunshine, Jeff and his crew took a tactical decision (following his poor qualifying result) to head for the pit lane after the formation lap, to enable them to find clear track space and pursue a lap time that would put him at the sharp end of the field for the second race. He duly achieved this, clocking the 5th fastest time to put him and the Eurotech Civic, firmly into the point’s positions and onto the ITV screens.
“We decided to come back into the pits and start from pit lane, which worked really well. We'd have actually been two tenths faster but we caught up with Rob Austin and Hunter Abbott into the final chicane on our quick lap. That cost us two tenths, but regardless, P5 was pretty good.” summarised Smith.
Meanwhile, Martin elected to contest the race from a standing start as normal and drove confidently to recover his disappointing qualifying performance and went away with points after a 14th place finish. This was especially impressive considering he had elected to run the softer and less durable compound tyre in the opening encounter.
“The car wasn't too bad with the soft tyres on” Depper remarked happily “We managed to keep the longevity as the Honda is a little bit kinder on its tyres than some of the other cars, and I think a bit of my driving style helps preserve them too. We managed to work our way up past a few cars and came home in P14.”
Race two proved to be both the biggest high and a crushing low for the team, with the atmosphere electric in the garage as Jeff lined up P5 for the second race. Despite losing some ground on the leaders early on as the championship contenders made a break for it, Jeff found a good pace in both himself and the car and maintained his position within the top ten. His charge was eventually halted by a clumsy move at the end of the race from Tom Ingram, who made contact with the right rear of Smith and sent him across the grass, he would eventually re-join in 15th and out of the reverse grid top ten draw.
Smith commented “I lost a few places early on and then fell into a pretty reasonable rhythm. We were P10 on the last lap then going into turn four Tom Ingram turned me round - having hit me at virtually every corner on the previous lap. He's been penalised for it and received a £500 fine and three points on his racing licence, that’s little comfort to the team - he should have been excluded as far as we were concerned. We could have protested the decision but by the time the officials had made the judgement, it was too late for us to get the decision heard by the stewards before race 3, so too late for any meaningful outcome from it – which has left Tom to take pole after finishing P10, the position he’d crashed me out of”
Depper struggled throughout the course of the race and this time was unable to claim points as his reward and was forced to settle for 18th as the chequered flag fell.
“We made a few more changes to allow for the standard tyre in race two, but whilst it was better I still wasn't happy with my front-end grip.” said Depper.
In the final race, both cars would have to fight through from the midfield to salvage a result, and whilst Martin charged through from 18th to score his second best finish of the season in 11th, Jeff's points finish was taken away after contact with Kieran Gallagher's Toyota Avensis six laps from the end left him on the sidelines. It was a disappointing end to the day for Jeff, meanwhile Martin was delighted to end the weekend on a high.
Depper said “I got beaten up a bit at the start and lost a load of places on lap two, but then started to make them back. We had made some radical changes for this race, which made the car feel a little bit different. I was complaining on the radio until my engineer told me I was tenth quickest so I pushed on. After the first safety car we made a good restart and into turn eight they all queued up and I went round the outside of three or four of them! Unfortunately someone didn't like that and gave me a tap, which sent me sideways so lost as many as I'd made, so we had it all to do again.
We caught the pack back up and there was a second safety car - I got a run on Alex Martin and Nick Foster as they went wide through turn five and six and I needed no second opportunity.”
Team Manager Marvin Humphries also offered his views on what was a frustrating day on the pit wall for him.
“I think from what looked to be a positive weekend, we've had a tough time of it. Qualifying was hard but the races started to look pretty promising. We had a good set up for race one, but circumstances again probably didn't give us what we deserved. The car is thereabouts, we're making progress and we'll carry on doing so.”
As the team packed up and prepared for the journey home, Eurotech Racing were in 11th place in the HIQ Teams Championship with a total of 92 points, after Motorbase took a race victory and a further podium finish that elevated them above Eurotech.
In the Independent Team's championship, Eurotech remain in 6th place with a 36 point margin to Laser Tools Racing behind.
In the Drivers’ Championship, Martin and Jeff now sit in 18th and 19th positions respectively with 46 and 29 points. Independently, the two are in 10th and 13th positions, with Depper again leading Smith in this category.
As the championship now enters its penultimate round, the teams will soon make the journey back to Northamptonshire for the annual visit to the world-famous Silverstone circuit, where the ninth meeting of the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will be contested on the national circuit configuration.
As the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship enters it's final three meetings, the Eurotech Racing team prepare to make the trip to the Rockingham Motor Speedway, just outside Corby, Northamptonshire full of optimism that they can continue their push towards regular top ten finishes.