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PROCTOR RETURNS TO TRUE FORM AT KNOCKHILL
The Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Team travelled north of the border to the stunning Knockhill Circuit in Scotland last weekend for Rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, in a bid to follow on from the team’s success last year.  Senna Proctor had his best weekend to date in the Subaru Levorg GT however, it was a disastrous weekend for teammate Ash Sutton.

21-year-old Senna enjoyed a fantastic points haul scoring a massive 28 points in the championship with an outstanding display resulting in 5th and 4th place finishes for race one and two respectively.  However, unfortunately, with his eyes on a podium position for the final race of the day, he crashed out on a manic opening lap.

Going into the weekend sitting 6th in the BTCC Drivers Championship, the weekend certainly wasn’t one Ash would want to repeat in a hurry, after Race One drama left his Subaru with damaged suspension following contact with the Honda Civic of Matt Neal, ending both of their races.  The BMR team worked their magic to repair the Levorg for the second race of the day which saw Ash fly through the field as he worked his way up from 27th on the grid to a staggering 12th place.  However, in the latter stages of the race his car bottomed out at the chicane which forced him out wide and subsequently dropped back to 16th position and just out of the points. As a result, he dropped a place in the championship and was now sitting in 7th.  Desperate to claw as many points as possible to at least maintain his championship position, Ash salvaged the weekend with a 12th place finish which secured his championship stake.

Next up we head to the home of British Motorsport as we visit Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire on the weekend of the 28th and 29th September for the penultimate rounds of the Championship.  Mathematically Ash is still in with a chance of taking the overall title and we know how much of a massive ask that is, but whilst it’s still possible we will continue to fight for the crown.
 
Quotes from Adrian Flux Subaru Racing:


Senna Proctor – “Knockhill was a great weekend overall for me, the pace was very strong from the start. A strong qualifying put us in a good position to capitalise on the races and to get some much-needed points in the championship.

“We fought hard in the races to finish 5th and 4th in race one and two respectively. Unfortunately, race three just wasn’t meant to be with a DNF due to damage however it was a positive weekend with many highs and only one low, so we move our attention to Silverstone now with our heads held high ready for another battle.”
 
Ashley Sutton – “Knockhill is one to forget for me! Unfortunately, we took a little gamble on Saturday just to try and unlock some extra pace, but it didn’t quite pay off and meant we didn’t qualify particularly well.  This meant that Sunday was going to be very difficult to recover from! Unfortunately race one we were caught up in an incident with Matt Neal, there was a gap to start with but I don’t think Matt realised he left as much room as he thought and then tried to cover it. This led to not finishing due to damage. From this point onwards, we were pushing for race three, I managed to get myself all the way up to 12th in hope for the reverse grid but on the final lap the car bottomed out through the chicane causing me to lose a handful of places. Race three was never going to be easy due to being on the medium tyre but we made some progress but nothing to shout about!

“I would just like to praise senna for having a mega weekend! It’s great to see him finally get the results he deserves!”
 

Gerry Bucke, Adrian Flux General Manager - "We saw a thrilling trio of races north of the border, as Knockhill proved it doesn't need bad weather to entertain the crowds. It was a very reassuring performance from the team to try and make the most of their package and a big shame Senna Proctor didn't quite manage to get onto the podium!"
 
Paul Tunnicliffe, Subaru UK
– “BTCC has a knack of testing those of us with a vested interest in its outcome.  Total joy when Senna finally cast aside a season of barely believable misfortune by qualifying well and then driving supremely in Race One, only just missing out on a richly deserved podium.  By contrast, Lady Luck did the dirty on Ash, even when he drove a blinder from the back of the grid in Race Two, giving what the crowd and organisers love to see in the Championship – a charging run, taking out drivers at an astonishing rate.  When it all comes good for both our drivers and I don’t mean “if”, then it will be a thing to savour.”
 
 
Written by Maddy Turner

Photos by Jakob Ebrey Photography