Scenic view of Knockhill Racing Circuit

At Last – Crowds back for BTTC Meeting at Knockhill Racing Circuit.

Hard to believe that the BTTC meeting at Knockhhill racing circuit was my first race meeting for two years. A restriction of 1000 spectators due to the pandemic had been imposed for Julys British Superbike event. Allocation was on a first come, first served basis for ticket holders and needless to say I missed out. With this fresh in my mind I had some doubts whether this would happen again due to any changes by the Scottish Government . Confirmation that BTTC ticket holders would be able to attend came at the end of July in an email from Knockhill….

Additionally, when we move to beyond Level 0 on Monday 9th August this will also mean that the current event spectator cap will be removed and we can host a full-house at Knockhill for the first time in almost 2 years.

Knockhill Racing Circuit

I set off early Sunday morning to beat the anticipated large crowd. Definitely a good call! There was a slow moving queue for the final mile approaching the circuit which was obviously going to grow. A steady volume of cars was still arriving at the circuit by 11.30 / 12.00.

Ginetta Junior crash at Knockhill
An early red flag. Extensive damage to Zac Meakins Ginetta.

The first stoppage of the day was within minutes of arriving trackside. I didn’t see the accident, just the very second hand Ginetta and damaged tyre wall.

Low cloud at Knockhill Racing Circuit
Ominous low cloud near the hairpin

Walking towards the hairpin, low cloud was hanging ominously onto the side of the hill. Thats not going to develop is it……?

Mist at Knockhill for F4 race
A misty start to the F4 race

Wierdly, the mist developed very quickly and peaked for the F4 British Championship race.

BTTC Meeting at Knockhill Racing Circuit
Better conditions for the first BTTC race.

Thankfully the conditions improved in time for the first BTTC race. First honours went to Colin Turkington in the BMW 330i M Sport.

Ashley Sutton BTTC infiniti q50
Ashley Sutton, Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50

Ashley Sutton, Qualified 6th. Race 1 4th, Race 2 1st, Race 3 5th.

Adrian Flux BTTC Vauxhall Astra
Dan Lloyd. Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra.

Dan Lloyd escaped unhurt from a high speed crash into the barriers early in the first race caused by suspension failure. Teammate Jason Plato finished the three races in 14th, 8th and 9th respectively.

Tom Ingram BTTC Hyundai i30NS
Tom Ingrams nicely finished Ginsters EXCELR8 with Hyundai i30Ns.

Tom Ingram enjoyed a good set of results. Ingram finished race 1 in 10th, race 2 in 6th and winning the final race from Senna Proctor.

After a great days racing Ashley Sutton leads the BTTC drivers standings, with Tom Ingram in second place going into the next round at Thruxton on 28-29 August.

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