We’re excited that Michael Crees has made a strong and competitive return to the British Touring Car Championships.
Fire Control Services are proud sponsors for Michael this season, the first in BTCC’s new hybrid era, and so we are going to keep you updated with how he’s getting on.
At one point over the weekend qualifying was red flagged due to a car fire in a competing Ford Focus. Thankfully it was not a serious incident, and no one was hurt but it was a stark reminder that no one is immune to the threat of fire and you should always have the correct precautions in place.
BTCC Weekend One
Heading into the first event of the BTCC campaign with little in the way of pre-season testing under his belt, the 38-year-old from Broadstairs wasn’t fazed in the slightest and rose to the challenge very impressively on his maiden race weekend at the wheel of the No.777 Vauxhall Astra.
Qualifying just a second shy of pole position, 18th overall on the grid, Creesy charged through to 14th position – sixth in the Independents Trophy class – in round one at the Leicestershire track before adding 15th place, seventh in the Independents, in race two. He rounded-out the event with 16th and sixth in class during round three.
At the end of the weekend his overall standings were sixth in the Independents Trophy points table and 18th in the overall standings.
“It’s been a solid start to the campaign for us, and obviously amazing to be back part of a BTCC weekend – there’s no atmosphere like it in motorsport. I worked really well with the team on making the car quicker and we definitely made some good progress, which is really encouraging for everyone. There’s still a bit of work to do with the engine, and some adapting to the new hybrid system, but I’m really looking forward to Brands now in a few weeks. It’s going to be awesome being back racing in front of my home crowd there.”
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