Champions VX return to ground of glory

VX Racing returns to Thruxton which has brought the team great glory in recent years for rounds ten, 11 and 12 of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) on Sunday 18 May, where the team clinched the BTCC Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championship last year in a thrilling season finale. The Luton-based manufacturer has ranked up an impressive tally of 17 wins since 1991 at Thruxton, leading many to dub the Hampshire circuit “Vauxhall country”.VX Racing is looking to maintain its season start momentum, having won four races and secured three second and four third podium positions to date. After the BTCC’s last meeting at Donington Park, where the Luton-based manufacturer proved the Vectra VXR’s speed and consistency by having at least one of its drivers present on the podium in each race, the team continues to lead the drivers’, manufacturers’ and teams’ standings.Qualifying for round ten of the BTCC will be held on Saturday 17 May at 15:40, with the first of three races taking place on Sunday 18 May at 10:55.Fabrizio Giovanardi #1“I will return to Thruxton with good memories in mind after I won my first BTCC Drivers’ title there at the end of last year. Thruxton has always been a good circuit for us and looking at the results we have collected so far this year, I’m confident we will be strong all weekend.”Matt Neal #4“Thruxton is the fastest circuit on the calendar and the only one that hasn’t been spoilt by little chicanes. It’s a flat-out blast all way round and it asks for big commitment. “It’s been a tough season so far with the field having moved quite a lot closer compared to last year. We’ve shown we have a great package and looking at Vauxhall’s statistics from previous years, I feel we will be very competitive again.”Tom Onslow-Cole #10“I’ve had a fantastic weekend at Donington Park and I will still be fired-up when we arrive at Thruxton. My best result at Thruxton so far was a seventh place and I’m sure I can improve on this. "The Vectra VXR is a very good car and following my first-ever BTCC pole position at Donington Park and my three podium finishes, I’m very confident I can be up there again. Thruxton will also be a special weekend for me as it is my 21st birthday on the Friday.”