BTCC: Ford Mondeo Team Notes 98-07-02

* The Ford Mondeo Racing team now lies sixth in the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship, following its latest outing at Croft and this week starts a four week break in the racing season, which it plans to use to work on ...

* The Ford Mondeo Racing team now lies sixth in the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship, following its latest outing at Croft and this week starts a four week break in the racing season, which it plans to use to work on testing and development. * The next BTCC meeting is on July 28, after a break for the British Grand Prix (July 12). * Regular driver Will Hoy, now lies 8th in the drivers' championship table, with a total of 45 points. He was interviewed looking forward to the immediate future following the Croft BTCC meeting on June 28. WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW CROFT IS OVER? Take a day off! As a driver, you need a day after a race weekend to just wind down. You have four days of hard work, testing, qualifying and racing and you're really pumped up with adrenalin, so you need a day to unwind. The team mechanics will also be taking a day or two off as they have been working very hard over the past couple of months. WILL YOU BE GOING TO THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX? There was a possibility of driving in one of the support races, but that won't happen now, but I will be around to cheer on the Stewart Ford team. I'll also be going to one of their testing days this week, but as a spectator only! WHAT ARE YOUR WORK PLANS FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS? In a word, more testing. After the Croft race meeting last weekend, we are half-way through the season and now have a four week break until our next meeting on July 26. We've made significant progress with the development of the Mondeo over the past few weeks and it is now a truly competitive car in this championship. We have a good dry set-up on the car and a balance which makes it very driveable in both wet and dry conditions, so I'm very happy with what we've achieved so far. We can't afford to lose that competitive edge by sitting around to wait for our next race - we want to continue to work on our dry running and take the opportunity to test some new development parts on the car. The next couple of weeks will be very important in working for the second half of the season. WHAT HAS THE INFLUENCE OF NIGEL MANSELL HAD IN YOUR TEAM? At the end of the day, I can say Nigel Mansell was my team-mate and that is pretty special. I think he's been a terrific boost to the team and spurred them on to really push the development of the car. He has proved he's not just here for the glory and has shown some real commitment, so we look forward to his next race with us in August. I'll be testing alongside him again before then, but the next couple of weeks will be myself and Craig. WHAT PREDICITIONS DO YOU HAVE AT THIS POINT FOR YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR? We are now in a very strong position to gain more championship points in the second half of the season. The team has done extensive work on the car and the next few weeks will be crucial in preparing for the second half of the season. If our next couple of tests go well, it will be very promising for the remainder of the season. It would be nice to think the visit to the top step of the podium at Silverstone.

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