Daniel Rowbottom admits he ‘thought he could do it’ after missing out on final round win

Halfords Racing with Cataclean’s Daniel Rowbottom believed he “had the legs earlier on” during the final round of the season at Brands Hatch, but admitted they “had no chance really” following the safety car period in the middle of the race.

Rowbottom ended round 30 of the British Touring Car Championship in second place and behind newly crowned champion Ash Sutton, although the Honda Civic driver wasn’t too downbeat with his result.

“At one time I thought we could do it,” explained Rowbottom to btcc.net.

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“If the safety car hadn’t of come we had the legs earlier on but then when everything cooled down and his car was in we had no chance really.”

Rowbottom returned to the BTCC in 2021 and impressed throughout the season as he competed alongside Gordon Shedden in the two Team Dynamics Hondas and the Jack Sears Trophy champion admitted he has been happy with his performance this season.

“We won the Jack Sears which is great, won a race, had some podiums, some pole positions, some fastest laps, had a lap record today so its not been a bad year!” added Rowbottom.

“Ultimately I think everyone has to prove themselves. The problem is in this sport as we all know if you’re not given the right kit you can’t do the job.

“I’m sure there are many many other drivers not just on this grid but many others that aren’t being given the opportunity to show what they’re capable of.

“We just have to stay humble. I’ve worked really hard for it. I’m not going to lie it has been a 10 year graft of torment really!”

Rowbottom ends the season in ninth overall in the Drivers Standings on a total of 222 points.

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