Northants racer Stilp is the only driver out of the championship’s current top five still to win a race in 2015 although he came close to opening his victory account for the season in both encounters at Oulton Park three weeks ago where he achieved fourth and third place results.
Heading to Croft he said: “Last year we felt we could be in the top five – we never expected to come away with two poles, two wins and two fastest laps. It totally transformed our season and set us up for a title challenge.
“Of course I’d like that to happen again this weekend. I’m not going into it putting pressure on myself to win, though – I’ve always been fast around Croft in anything I’ve driven so I’m staying relaxed and if it works out then great.
“We have definitely developed the car more to my liking, though – I’m able to adapt to it in a number of situations now. We didn’t expect to be quite so strong at Oulton but we were right on the pace. It has taken us a while to get on our feet again, just like in 2014, but that is down to a lack of budget and pre-season testing – our Oulton form is a major positive.”
Despite having always performed strongly at Croft, Stilp says it isn’t actually one of his favourite circuits!
He added: “It’s not that I don’t like it… it’s just a bit flat except for a bit of camber out the back. OK, it’s technical with lots of different types of corner which makes it interesting, but I prefer circuits with gradient.
“Strangely when we were in front last year on lap times I never felt I drove the track that quickly – I always felt there was more left if we needed it.”