Mark Blundell’s debut British Touring Car Championship campaign reaches its penultimate round this weekend as the series heads to the Home of British Motorsport for the ninth round of the year at Silverstone National.
On the back of a positive debut at Knockhill in the previous round, where Mark highlighted three full-race distances with a top-twenty finish, Mark will now return to more familiar territory as the next round of British Touring Car Championship action takes the series to Silverstone for round nine.
The 6-turn, 1.64-mile circuit is always a venue for exciting races, with its long straights and tight corners offering several opportunities for overtaking. Out of all seven locations on the 2019 calendar, Silverstone is the circuit Mark knows best having raced in different machinery in several different championships including Formula 3000, Formula One, British GT, Blancpain GT Series and many more.
However, this will be Mark’s first encounter with the ‘National’ layout of the circuit and his first time around the circuit in a front-wheel-drive car, rendering Mark’s previous experiences at Silverstone somewhat obsolete.
“On the back of a successful trip up north to Knockhill, I’m hoping to keep the momentum rolling into Silverstone this weekend. Silverstone is always a special circuit to race at so I’ve been looking forward to this round all year. The support is always fantastic and the racing is always blockbuster. Hopefully, I can get myself up into the middle field this weekend and try to snatch a few more points before the end of the year.”
Track action commences at Silverstone at 09:30 on Saturday morning with the weekend’s second practice session and qualifying following at 12:05 and 15:15 respectively. A busy day of racing follows on Sunday with the three 24-lap races being held at 12:00, 14:35 and 17:20 respectively all screened live on ITV4.
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