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Rowbo ready to rank at BTCC Croft Circuit

Daniel Rowbottom BTCC interview

It’s not been an easy start to the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) for Cataclean Racing-sponsored Dan Rowbottom. Three race weekends in and the 30-year-old BTCC rookie has found himself second from bottom on the score board.

However, Dan is fiercely determined to change all that and to help him do so, some “dynamic” adaptations are being made to his Cicely Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class ahead of his appearance at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire this weekend.

“I’ve been struggling a little bit with certain aspects of the car, but we’ve been reluctant to change anything as we thought it might be down to me being on such a huge learning curve and I just needed to get used to it,” he said.

“However, my team-mate Adam Morgan has proved time and again that the Mercedes has plenty of speed and so we decided to make a few dynamic changes for Croft.

“Under steer and a nervousness on the rear were a couple of things that have needed to be ironed out so I can go into those quick corners 100 percent sure how the car will respond, not 98 percent. You can’t afford to have any doubts.  

“We’ve been testing out the car this week and I’m feeling massively more confident that I can put in a strong performance at Croft.”

Croft as a circuit is relatively small, but is quick and technical in equal measure. It also allows spectators to get really close to the action, generating a real buzz. 

The last time Dan raced at Croft was in the Renault Clio Cup in 2018, where he took the rostrum. It is also the place where he had his first career hat-trick of pole position, race win and fastest lap as an 18-year-old in Radicals.

While the BTCC is, admittedly, a whole different kettle of fish and widely regarded as the world’s toughest tin-top series, this puts Dan in good stead to get some elusive points next to his name on the scoreboard this Father’s Day.

“There’s no two ways about it, it’s been a tough start to my BTCC career,” Dan told the Northern Echo this week. You enter the BTCC with a preconceived notion that it’s going to be difficult, but nobody can prepare you for just how difficult it’s going to be. It’s a lot more mentally draining than I’d thought, simply because you’re looking for such small fractions of time. With a record 19 different race-winners on the grid, even breaking into the top 20 is tough, never mind the top ten – there’s absolutely nowhere to hide.”

The good news for Dan is that, after shocking weather nationwide over the past week or so, the forecast for Dalton-upon-Tees this weekend is sunny with a bit of cloud.

“Weather-wise, it’s been pretty shocking for me so far in the series, really inconsistent,” said Dan. “At Thruxton, it literally started pouring down two minutes before the qualifier and I sat with the engine running on the start line thinking, give us a break! I’m hoping the weather’s going to be a bit kinder this weekend.”

Cataclean Racing has loyally supported Dan for four years, first in the Renault Clio Cup and now the BTCC. Here’s to him having a fantastic race at Croft – we’ll be rooting for you!  

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