Oxford racing driver Matt Chapman is determined to properly kick-start his season when the Ginetta Junior Championship arrives at Donington Park National Circuit next weekend, 18th/19th April, after a somewhat frustrating opening to the 2015 campaign at Brands Hatch just over a week ago.
While the 15-year-old did prove his undoubted front-running pace during the season opening event, incident-packed races unfortunately limited the points haul he was ultimately able to take away for the Total Control Racing team.
Now, Chapman is more focused and determined than ever to be in the thick of the podium battle during rounds three and four less than a week from now at Donington, with hopes of a trouble-free and consistent weekend.
“Brands was disappointing for us in the end, especially as the pace we showed during qualifying was good”, said the Kielder-backed youngster, “The aim at Donington is to try and get on the first two or three rows of the grid and then build from there really. We know we’ve got the pace to run in the front group, and that’s where we intend to be.
“TCR gave me a great car at Brands and I know it’ll be just as good at Donington, we just need a clean weekend without any problems to show our true pace and performance. I’m very determined to get my season on the right track next weekend and I’m sure we can.”
Remaining with TCR for his second season in car racing this year, Chapman will arrive at Donington’s 1.98-mile National Circuit an unrepresentative 16th in the Ginetta Junior Championship standings after his trying Brands weekend.
Battling to a best finish of 13th position in race one of the season, with a best lap just 0.3 seconds shy of podium pace, the Oxfordshire youngster was left frustrated in round two with a bit of a double-whammy.
With a great start to the second encounter nullified due to an incident further back in the pack at the first corner, which led to a race stoppage, he then had to avoid his team-mate Dave Wooder’s stricken car late on in the re-started encounter which then led to an uncharacteristic 18th place.
“Nothing really went to plan for us in the races at Brands, although we’ll be taking the positives into Donington – our pace was strong and we did race well”, added Chapman, “If everything goes smoothly, it should be the real start to our season. I’m looking forward to being back out there.”
Following free practice at Donington on Saturday, 18th April, qualifying is provisionally scheduled to get underway at 14.30 with round three beginning at 17.00. On Sunday, 19th April, round four is timetabled to begin at 13.40 and will be screened live on ITV4 with streaming at www.itv.com/btcc