Wrathall heads to his home circuit looking to add to Thruxton podium

Frank Wrathall heads to his home circuit at Oulton Park in the best possible mood as he looks to contiune on from claiming a superb podium finish at Thruxton that he feels was his best BTCC drive to date.

Wrathall, from Preston, is coming off the back of his best performance of the season, claiming his first podium of 2012 by holding off double champion Jason Plato in the sodden conditions at the daunting Thruxton circuit last time out.

The Toyota man said of the joy he felt to hold off the BTCC ace and claim the podium that he and the team needed after a slightly quiet start to the season.

“It was a funny situation because my radio communication had stopped working so i had no communication, I soon realised I had to start using the pit board. Then I saw Jason was P4.

“When you look in your mirrors and see Jason behind you, you know he’s going to at least attempt a move and force his way through, so to actually hold him off and claim that podium was incredible.

“When I crossed the line I was going crazy inside the car, the relief and the emotion after the start of the year we’ve had and to get that podium so soon its mega.”

Wrathall, who came close to winning at Rockingham in his debut year last season, also believes claiming that Thruxton podium was the best drive of his career.

“Last year I had some great races and Rockingham in particular we came close to winning at, but, I’m not saying it was easy but we had the car absolutely spot on, and at Thruxton obviously with the conditions and the competition we had out there, then yeah I’d probably say that it was my best drive.”

Wrathall and his Dynojet Toyota team came into the series last year and began to really show the pace that was on offer from both Wrathall himself and the new NGTC (Next Generation Touring Car) Toyota Avensis. The team are still and independent squad, but Wrathall said that he thrives on the new spotlight he has created over himself.

“I’d say I thrive on it. There’s nothing worse than going out and doing your best and knowing that no one’s taking any notice! So to have everybody behind you and actually watching what you’re doing, it gives you a real special feeling.”

As he heads to his home circuit at Oulton Park, Wrathall says that the team have been hard at work making improvements to the Avensis, and after a solid performance in Saturday qualifying Wrathall will start seventh on the grid for today’s first race.

“We’ve made a lot of changes at the car and we’ve been testing, and actually made quite a bit of progress.”

He does however admit that the track is one that hasn’t brought the fondest memories for the 25-year-old.

“I’ve just never seemed to had much luck round here. It’s a bit of a bogey circuit for me, I’ve never won a race round here so I’d love to put that right but just to be inside the top 10 and hopefully in the top five would be a mega result.”


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