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The has vowed to bounce back after a tough end to the opening half of the 2013 British Touring Car Championship at Croft in North Yorkshire.

Having taken a brace of victories in the Jack Sears Trophy with James Kaye at the wheel, the team headed to Croft for the fifth round of the season looking to add to their wins tally.

Arriving in North Yorkshire with revised suspension on the Volkswagen Golf, Kaye finished qualifying 5th fastest out of the Jack Sears Trophy entrants – which became fourth when Joe Girling was withdrawn due to damage sustained in qualifying.

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Kaye retired from the opening race of the weekend after sustaining damage from clipping a tyre stack while the final race saw the Isle-of-Wight based racer spin out of contention after hitting the puddles.

The second race of the weekend saw Kaye finish fourth in class, having set his fastest lap to within 0.001s of the ultimate S2000 pace.

Heading into the summer break, Kaye finds himself third in the Jack Sears Trophy with 2 victories and still in contention for the first Jack Sears Trophy crown.

“It was my call to change the suspension for this weekend and I have to hold my hands up and say it was the wrong decision without the chance to test it,” Kaye admits. “The team has done a fantastic job and have worked really hard all weekend, but sadly it has been without reward.

“The results this weekend obviously weren’t what we were hoping for from the weekend, but the positive we can take away from it is that we haven’t lost too much ground in the Jack Sears Trophy standings because of who the three winners were.

“What we have to do now is go away and consolidate and make sure that we come back stronger at Snetterton after the summer break, and regain the form we showed at the start of the year,” he concluded. Team principal Shaun Hollamby echoed the views of Kaye and believes that the team will rebound after the summer break.

“It’s been a tough weekend for us, but we’ll bounce back after the summer break,” explained Hollamby. “We have a break in the calendar now where we will work on the car to get into a position where we can repeat the kind of results we gained when we won at Brands Hatch and Donington.

“Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to go out and test the car before Snetterton, and our aim when we get back to racing is to put the recent disappointment we have suffered to one side and get our championship challenge back on track.

“We have ground to make up, but we have shown the pace we have in the Golf and would have picked up more than the two wins we have without a run of misfortune.

“We started this season with the target of winning the Jack Sears Trophy and that hasn’t changed, so we’ll be working hard to try and make sure we achieve that goal in the second half of the season,” Hollamby concluded.

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