Fuller eyes BTCC return after impressive debut

Wimbledon Guardian: Race ace: Howard Fulller gets in front of seasoned BTCC driver Tom Onslow-Cole at Rockingham Race ace: Howard Fulller gets in front of seasoned BTCC driver Tom Onslow-Cole at Rockingham

Worcester Park racer Howard Fuller reckons two points finishes on his British Touring Car Championship debut has put him in pole position to land a permanent race seat in the competition next season.
 

The 20-year-old Team HARD Honda Civic driver finished 14th and 12th in the first two races of the weekend in torrential rain at Rockingham on Sunday.
 

Fuller, who came 16th in the meeting’s final race, had secured a one-off drive from team boss Tony Gilham’s outfit having impressed for the team in the VW Cup at the same track earlier in the summer.
 

The former Brooklands College student’s efforts drew admiring glances from former BTCC champion Tim Harvey, having clocked some fast times in wet conditions.
 

And Fuller, who has most of his race experience in single-seater cars, is hoping the exposure will give him a strong chance of returning to the series sooner rather than later.
 

“The team is looking to expand next year and, hopefully, I’ve done enough to impress.  I’d like to think there is a chance to get back in the car before the end of the season, “ he said.
 

“What an experience. I got so much good feedback from some of the sport’s legends – people like Tim – who took the time to come down the pitlane to talk.
 

“I always race better in the wet. It is all about driver performance rather than how fast your car is.
 

“It separates the men from the boys. Our times in some sections were in the top three throughout the wet conditions.
 

“I was really impressed we were that competitive and can’t wait to do it again.”
 

Fuller, who qualified 14th on the grid, tussled with New Malden’s Tom Onslow-Cole over the weekend, as the latter saw his chances of individual and team silverware with Team eBay Motors suffer a blow with eighth, 14th and seventh place finishes.
 

The BTCC rolls on to Silverstone on October 7.

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