With points in the last four rounds, Kevin Gleason is enjoying an impressive end to the FIA World Touring Car Championship with RC Motorsport, as he now prepares for next weekend’s challenge at Macau.
The last race at Twin Ring Motegi saw him become the first American driver to secure a WTCC pole position and while the two races took place in atrocious weather conditions, Gleason was able to secure double points finished with a sixth and eighth.
“I am happy that our performance has improved and I was able to score points in the last four races,” said Gleason. “I got an okay start but lost the rear of the car in turn one and had a big moment in front of the field. I gathered it and continued but lost positions so it was really disappointing. On a positive note, my pace was really strong in the race, so I’ll be fighting hard to finish the season strong and score as many points as possible.”
Now Gleason is now looking forward to the penultimate round of the championship around the streets of Macau, a circuit he last raced in TCR International in 2015.
“Luckily, I have some experience at Macau which will help,” he continued. “I was able to get up to speed pretty quickly on my first trip and qualified on the front row, so hopefully I can have another good run in the WTCC.
“Macau is an incredible track and such a special event, I can’t believe I am lucky enough to get another chance to race there. The Nurburgring Nordschleife and Macau all in the same year, now that is special!”
Due to the unique demands of the Guia Circuit, planning and making pre-race predictions can be something of a lottery.
“It is such a demanding track and so unforgiving that just about anything can happen,” Gleason explained. “So, your strategy will almost certainly go right out the window. I want to have a mature approach to the weekend by building my speed to qualifying and keeping it off the walls. From there we will see what happens!”