BTCC: Thompson feeling “a bit battered and bruised” from his roll-over at Croft

Bobby Thompson was disappointed after rolling his car in the third race following a strong display of pace throughout the weekend.

“This has been our best weekend of the season by far and we were really strong from the moment we hit the track in practice,” he said.

Qualifying was absolutely brilliant and fifth on the grid was way than I was expecting – and it could have been even better without losing my best time for track limits.”

He managed to get himself in seventh position on the grid ahead of the first race, with a time of 1m27.593s.

“Race day was all about trying to stay out of trouble and focusing on the Jack Sears Trophy because there was a really good chance to extend the lead out front,” still leading by 37 points ahead of Carl Boardley.

With two top-eight finishes in the first two races, Thompson was keen to continue his strong haul of points.

So far, his 2020 season points haulage has been a personal best for him so far.

On the third lap, in Race 3, he was amongst the midfield pack at the narrow Croft Circuit, until being squeezed off at the Jim Clark Esses by Aiden Moffat’s Infiniti.

The #19 Audi S3 eventually flipped and rolled itself several times off-track, but Thompson expressed how little there was he could do to control it.

“When it dug in and started to roll, it was just a case of holding on and waiting for it to stop.

“I’ve been told it looked dramatic on TV, and it certainly felt like it was where I was sitting!

“I’m feeling a bit battered and bruised but I have to give a huge amount of thanks to the team for providing me with such a strong car…”

Thompson is confident that the team can repair the damage and continue to defend the Jack Sears Trophy lead at Snetterton on October 24-25.