Caygill preparing for home race
Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit will be the venue for Josh Caygill’s first race on home soil since 2014, when the second round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup season takes place next weekend, 13th/14th May.
Making a positive start to his maiden season in SRO Motorsport‘s GT series last month at Monza, the 27-year-old British racing driver is now eyeing major steps forward as the championship makes its annual visit to the UK. Having raced exclusively on the continent over the past couple of years, in the Audi Sport TT Cup, Caygill actually has to cast his mind back to 2014 for his last experience of competition at a British track when he piloted a Scirocco in the Volkswagen Racing Cup.
“I am genuinely excited about being back at Silverstone and really looking forward to racing on home soil again – it’s been a while.”, said Caygill, “I’ve got a real spring in my step actually, it’s going to be the first time I’ve raced in the UK for about three years and it’s going to be a new experience for me at Silverstone in such a quick car as the Audi. I’ve done a lot of preparation, I’m training hard and I’ll be going to Silverstone knowing exactly what to expect with the car, the format of the weekend and the competition. At the first round, absolutely everything was new to me and the whole weekend was a big learning exercise. This time I’m going in to it knowing what we need to do.”
Caygill, who shares a Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS with Jon Venter and Niki Mayr-Melnhof, got his first season in Blancpain off to a fair start with a top 15 finish in the PRO class at Monza off the back of a challenging qualifying session. Importantly completing the three-hour contest, and gaining terrific experience during his 60-minute stint at the end of the race, the former motorcycle racer is now determined to put everything he learned into practice at Silverstone . and hopefully deliver plenty of cheer for his VIP guests.
“It’ll be nice to have everyone there next weekend, my family, all of the sponsors and everyone who has supported me over the past three years in Europe”, he commented, “It’s nice they can be a part of it for a change and hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy a trouble-free run and a strong result. I am absolutely loving being part of the championship and working with the WRT guys, they’re seriously professional and know everything there is to know about GT racing. I’m working really well with my team-mates Jonno and Nikki, they’re great lads, and we’re absolutely committed to making improvements on Monza.”