The British Touring Car Championship came to an amazing mid-season finish this weekend at Croft, with young hopeful Frank Wrathall having his most promising outing to date. As the season reached its halfway point before the seven week summer break, the new generation Toyota Avensis showed impressive point scoring pace throughout the weekend boosting confidence all round. After a good day at the qualifying rounds (18th June) Frank secured a 17th place start position on the grid for Sunday’s race day (19th June). Starting off well Frank went on to finish with a solid 12th place; in wet conditions during race one, talented Frank sponsored by Angel Springs the UK’s leading water cooler service provider commented, "That was a really good race, and easily the best one we’ve had so far. The car ran faultlessly and performed well in the conditions.”
As a result of his strong performance in race one the Toyota Avensis started from 12th in race two which found Frank contending for a top 10 position, before contact from Alex MacDowall’s Chevrolet at the hairpin, damaged the rear wheel of the new generation Toyota Avensis sending Frank into early retirement and onto the gravel. Hard work from the Dynojet team saw Frank back on the grid for race three, but on the second lap going into the Jim Clark Esses Frank clipped a tyre stack resulting in him going off track into the corn field. The overall result was a DNF in races two and three, but Frank was thrilled with the pace and reliability of the Avensis throughout the weekend commenting, “It’s frustrating that we go home from here with two DNF’s, but race two down to someone else hitting me and then I made a mistake in race three. The car has been fantastic this weekend and had run faultlessly, which is really good for the team. I now feel we have genuine top 10 pace and we also have the reliability to go with it. Croft has been a real turning point for our season as we have a good package to work with and we now have to work on coming back at Snetterton with even more pace than we’ve shown here.” Frank and his Angel branded car will be back on track at Snetterton August 6/7th when the BTCC resumes. Don’t forget you can catch Frank and the Toyota Avensis at the Good Wood Festival of Speed between the 30th June and the 3rd July.