9th August, 2013
Former British Mini Challenge Champ Chris Knox is determined to spend every waking minute working on the finances to make his British touring car dream come true. The Renfrewshire rocket produced a stunning test in Tony Gilham’s Team Hard Vauxhall Insignia at Brands Hatch on Wednesday – clocking times that would have put him in the top 10 of qualifying.
He is desperate to get the deal together to be on the grid at Knockhill at the end of this month, but Gilham reckons it will certainly happen before the end of the season. Knox – who raced in the sports car series in America last year – said: “it was pretty much a perfect day, we have gone through all the data and it all looked really good. I built my times up, I was aiming for a low 50-second lap, that would have been good mid-pack race pace on fresh rubber.
“I didn’t have any new tyres on the car all day, and in the last session I got a 49.5 and a string of 49.6s. they said ‘we have to get you in the car’,now the hard work starts. We are still some way from getting the deal that would put me in the car for Knockhill. “but I will be doing everything I can to get in this car. I am so determined to make this happen, i would do anything to make it work, it has been a dream of mine since watching Colin McRae in the wet in 1992. Now, it is within touching distance.
“I have to say a massive thanks to Blackwood plant hire and WESL for helping me to do the test. I know i can do a good job if we can get the money sorted.” Delighted Gilham added: “he was unbelievable on scrubbed rubber, his times would have been inside the top 10 in qualifying. So, in terms of race pace, he is matching Jason Plato, Matt Neal and all the front-running boys. “He was very professional about the whole test, He was very cool, calm and collected, we had a small issue with the car but that didn’t faze him. We rectified it and he just got on with the job. As the day went on, he got progressively quicker. He grew into the car and looked like he really enjoyed it.
“We are just keen to keep working with Chris. The target is Knockhill, but any time we can make it happen, then we would be delighted to get Chris in one of our cars.”
“We’ve known Chris for a while now and been in contact since the start of the year. We’re definitely looking to get him in the car before the end of the year – at the moment Rockingham looks like a real possibility. He’s looking for people to support him, and this test should help him along the way. We know he’s a very capable driver, and with enough support he’ll do a great job in our car.”