Optimistic Michael Crees relishing second visit of year to Thruxton
Fan-favourite aiming to replicate top 10 BTCC performance from May
Crees determined to challenge for Independents Trophy top three
Power Maxed Racing’s Michael Crees will bring all of his commitment and determination to the quickest track on the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship calendar this weekend, 27th/28th August, when the category returns to ultra-fast Thruxton for the second time in 2022.
During the previous visit to Hampshire back in May, Broadstairs racer Creesy enjoyed a terrific outing with a career-best finish of eighth position overall and a top three result in the Independents Trophy at the wheel of his No.777 Vauxhall Astra in round nine.
Aiming to build on such a strong showing as the season unfolded, instead – to a large extent – the campaign has been one of immense frustration for the BTCC fan-favourite. The biggest struggle, most notably, has been a lack of power which has badly stymied Creesy’s challenge.
By its very nature, of course, 2.36-mile Thruxton is a power circuit and so there are concerns a tough weekend could be in prospect if a lack of speed raises its head again. With the memories from earlier in the season still fresh, though, Creesy is hoping to turnaround his year as it enters the latter stages.
Ahead of rounds 22, 23 and 24, the Glencar Construction, Geberit, DDS Group, PCS, Fire Control Services, CTD, Blue Rock Systems, Aquadart and BITA supported driver has achieved eight outright points finishes and chalked-up Independents scores in 15 races – including three third places.
With just nine races remaining in the current campaign, Creesy is hungry to get back to the sort of performances he showed at Thruxton last time out. One thing is for sure, if the pace is in the car this weekend then Creesy will deliver.
“There’s nowhere else like Thruxton, I absolutely love driving there and I really hope we can get beyond the power issues we’ve been having to really be able to attack the weekend. The team has been working hard to try and help us move forward, but we still haven’t been able to challenge how we want to which is frustrating.
“Obviously the visit to Thruxton earlier in the season went pretty well, taking my best ever finish was a great result and I really want to be in a position to build on that this weekend. We’ll only know where we are when we’re underway with practice and qualifying, but I’ll be giving it 110% as ever and trying to deliver some strong results for my sponsors and the fans.”
The first of the BTCC free practice sessions at Thruxton is scheduled to get underway at 09.30 on Saturday, 27th August, with session two following at 12.05 ahead of qualifying at 15.25 – the latter will be streamed live online at www.itv.com/btcc
All three races will take place on Sunday, 28th August, with round 22 beginning at 11.45, round 23 starting at 14.35 and round 24 scheduled to commence at 17.20. Live coverage of each contest will be broadcast on ITV4 and streamed online.
2022 BTCC Independents Trophy Standings
9th Michael Crees, 159pts
2022 BTCC Drivers Championship
20th Michael Crees, 27pts