James Kaye makes his full time return to the British Touring Car Championship this weekend when he takes to the wheel of the AmDTuning.com Volkswagen Golf at their home circuit of Brands Hatch.
Kaye, who last raced in the BTCC full time in 2006 will be challenging for the newly formed Jack Sears Trophy, which was formed for the drivers who entered S2000 cars for the 2013 campaign.
The two time Independents’ Champion finished as the second of the S2000 entrants during the official Media Day test at Donington Park and he is looking to replicate that form at Brands Hatch.
“I’m feeling very positive about my debut,” explains the Isle of Wight based racer. “I was pleasantly surprised how good the car was when I tested it last week at Donington Park and I’ll be going out there to do my best at Brands Hatch.
“Brands Hatch is circuit I enjoy as it is very intense and the racing is always action-packed. It’s a good indicator for the remainder of the season, and if we can put on a good display at Brands Hatch, then we know we will be in good shape for the rest of the year.
“Qualifying is going to be vital because it’s difficult to overtake around the Indy circuit, but even though this is a very new relationship, I’m confident that we can be in the mix for Jack Sears Trophy honours when the action gets underway.”
Brands Hatch marks the start of AmDTuning.com fourth season with the Volkswagen Golf in the BTCC and Team Principal Shaun Hollamby is hopeful of seeing his team on the podium over the weekend.
“Over the winter we have worked on improving the reliability of the car to put us in a stronger position for this season, and I’m feeling very good about the weekend ahead,” added Hollamby. “James was happy with the car during the test at Donington last week and I was very happy with his performance considering it was his first time in the Golf. When you add the fact that we didn’t run on new tyres in the test, he did a great job to be so close to the top of the S2000 times.
“We know that Lea Wood in his Vectra and Liam Griffin in his Ford are going to be strong competitors, but I’m confident that both James and the Golf are up for the challenge. There would be nothing better than to see him standing on the podium by the end of the weekend.”