Team ES Racing Ready For Brands Hatch BTCC Debut
Luton-based Team ES Racing is looking forward to a solid debut in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this weekend as the series kicks off at Brands Hatch.
Following the shakedown test at Donington Park two weeks ago and the first official test at BTCC media day Chris James (Driver/Team Principal) and the Team ES Racing squad headed to Brands Hatch to run through setups and final changes ahead of the season opener.
"I was delighted with our final test of the season" said James. "To begin with I was not happy with the balance of the car but throughout the day we made a number of minor changes which made the car feel so much better. We knocked over 2 seconds off of our lap times throughout the day, with the fastest lap being the last - on tyres that were 70 laps old!"
James will be looking to make full use of the practice sessions this weekend to continuing learning more about the car ahead of qualifying and three races. He does admit that although testing has been limited he has learnt a valuable amount of information pre-season: "Now our testing is over I am a lot more comfortable in the car. Sadly due to budget we have done nowhere near the testing that most of the other teams have. That said we have learnt a lot about the car, and I am confident in my own ability to get the best out of the car. Obviously this season will be a continual learning curve."
With the first race finally here James can't wait to get out on track but at the same time is aware that it's not going to be an easy weekend.
"We are all so excited about the upcoming weekend. Our aim, as I've always said, is to keep the car clean, interact with the public & make some friends. Our goal every round will be to score points, but in our first ever BTCC outing I do not want to put too much pressure on the team to deliver this first time out".
-source: team es racing