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With solely three triple headers remaining, Watson has manoeuvred himself to inside hanging distance of provisional Trophy chief Mikey Doble who has chalked up a complete of 308 factors after 21 races.  

What makes an already thrilling duel all of the extra compelling is that each Watson – who made the change to the tin prime collection originally the 12 months after profitable spells as a GT racer with McLaren, Aston Martin and Porsche – is the team-mate of Doble at CarStore Energy Maxed Racing.  

A primary general profession podium in race one at Knockhill a fortnight in the past mixed with P9 within the day’s second dash have been sufficient to outweigh his lowly sixteenth place end within the reverse grid contest on account of a defective windscreen wiper on his Vauxhall Astra making visibility within the rain a problem.  

“Knockhill was an entire rollercoaster however clearly the primary information was my first podium within the British Touring Automotive Championship. It was unimaginable to get that even when issues didn’t fairly go the way in which I might have favored within the third race with the windscreen wiper failure,” mentioned the Northern Irishman.  

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This weekend the competitors returns to the long-lasting GP structure at Donington Park for the primary time since 2003 in a transfer that has been extensively welcomed by groups and drivers – together with Watson.  

He skilled the two.49-mile ribbon of Tarmac for the primary time in a touring automobile on the Goodyear Tyre Check final month and believes that can put him in an excellent place for rounds 22, 23 and 24.  

However whereas who got here the place on the chief board was largely inconsequential again then, occasions are going to be rather more vital come 3.40pm on Saturday when a 30-minute qualifying session to assemble the grid for the next day’s opening 14-lap race takes place.    

“I’m actually wanting ahead to Donington Park this weekend,” continued Watson. “It’s in all probability the perfect ready for a race that I’ve been this 12 months as a result of we’ve got raced the Nationwide circuit already and we additionally had an excellent tyre check on the Grand Prix loop throughout the summer season break lately.  

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“The automobile felt good on each these events – and Knockhill was such a powerful weekend for the entire staff – so my confidence is unquestionably up. I’m studying increasingly about front-wheel-drive and racing within the British Touring Automotive Championship on a regular basis.

“Hopefully we are able to rating some extra good factors and capitalise on the nice spirits we’re all in. I’m wanting ahead to it,” he added.  

 

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