BTCC Snetterton Preview: 5ive By 5ive

June 10, 2021

by Stuart Richards

Welcome to 5ive By 5ive! Downforce Radio's new preview vehicle to upcoming Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship race weekends where we highlight five drivers that you should be watching. The driver selection is based upon their experiences in the three races last time out at Thruxton. This weekend will see the British tin-top circus head to Snetterton.

Josh Cook

Race three at Thruxton aside, the 29-year-old was in commanding form with victory in the first two races of the season. It's quite the change in power to see BTC Racing ahead of Team Dynamics but it is very much deserved. Previous visits to Snetterton haven't been that spectacular and the ballast might not see Cook light up the qualifying time sheets. However, last time out he was able to win the second race with full weight so the car might not be too bad after all.

Jake Hill

Undoubtedly the star of Thruxton, Jake Hill heads to Snetterton as championship leader and it's finally great to see proof of his excellent ability within the series. Things may be tougher this time around with maximum ballast heading into qualifying and the first race. However, with the Focus seemingly well suited to the 27-year-old. He could still be heading the series by the close of race three.

Jason Plato

Most fans and pundits may not have expected the incredibly measured drives that JP produced at Thruxton. There were moments as I was watching where I kept on wincing at the contact about to happen but it never came. It seems Plato is an entirely different driver following his year out and the results are speaking for themselves. Long may it continue!

Rory Butcher

Whilst Rory didn't have a particularly successful day at Thruxton, what excites us most amongst the touring car writers here at Downforce is the fact he's going to be incredibly quick in a car that has proven its strength at Snetterton and the fact he'll have no ballast on board. All these factors could potentially lead to pole position and if all goes well, victory in the first race.

Dan Rowbottom

RowBo's performances in the first race weekend is proof of the old adage that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Whilst there was disappointment with the loss of Dan Cammish and Matt Neal from the Team Dynamics driver line-up from some corners of social media, Rowbottom had the unenviable task of proving all those doubters wrong and he did that with some superb drives. What makes it more exciting for the Worcestershire driver is the fact that things can only get better and his first BTCC podium surely can't be too far away.

Honourable Mentions

Ashley Sutton would have made the list if races one and two weren't fraught with bad luck. The Infiniti is still a rocketship in his hands and after just one weekend he's probably the most likely pick for championship glory.

Gordon Shedden's return to the championship wasn't welcomed with a particularly warm start. However, we had flashes of Flash's past with an incredible drive to fourth from near the back of the grid in race three.

Whilst she didn't race at Thruxton, Jessica Hawkins joins the BTCC paddock at Snetterton again but this time at Racing with Wera & Photon Group as a replacement for Andy Neate. A strong weekend will be one where Hawkins keeps out of trouble and also enjoys the close battles we are so used to seeing from the championship.

Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photgraphy


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