Successful Silverstone Test For Tech-Speed
GoMobileUK.com with Tech-Speed Motorsport enjoyed a successful day of testing as the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship kicked into life with the annual season launch at Silverstone yesterday (Thurs, 24 March).
The test, the only official session prior to the season opener at Brands Hatch, marked the first appearance of the new GoMobileUK.com with Tech-Speed Chevrolet Cruzes in the striking livery they will carry for the year ahead, which also includes backing from 2010 title sponsor sunshine.co.uk.
Widnes-racer Paul O’Neill was able to sample his Chevrolet for the first time having shared the car of team-mate John George during the two previous test sessions held at Brands Hatch and Snetterton.
Paul completed 37 laps during the four hours of testing on the Silverstone National circuit, with his quickest lap good enough for ninth on the timesheets – just six-tenths of a second away from the quickest time.
“We had a good day,” he said. “It was all about spending time in the car and we also managed to scrub in some new tyres ready for the opening round which is what we set out to do. The time was decent enough as my quickest lap wasn’t perfect, and it was only two-tenths of a second behind Jason Plato.
“The important thing to remember is that when we get to the business end of the season, no-one will remember who was fastest on Media Day, so today was all about carrying out the work we had planned and not worrying about ending the day on top of the times.”
Team-mate John had a busy afternoon on track as he wracked up 48 laps in the sister car, with the Guernsey-based racer continuing to adapt to his new surroundings after competing in a Honda Integra for the previous four seasons.
John’s best time was just 1.396s down on the quickest lap posted by Andrew Jordan and saw him finish the day 16th fastest.
“It’s been okay,” he said. “I didn’t make the most of the track when it was at its best and the fastest laps were set, but I was able to lap consistently and it was a solid start to the season. I was also able to run on new tyres for the first time which was good and I’m confident going into the opening rounds.”
Tech-Speed team boss Marvin Humphries was also happy with the day’s work at Silverstone, with attention now turning to the opening rounds of the season at Brands Hatch next weekend (2/3 April), where the GoMobileUK.com with Tech-Speed Chevrolets will make their race debut.
“I think it’s been a case of mission accomplished,” he said. “We went out to do a job and work through our programme and it wasn’t all about throwing new tyres at the car to try and set the best time and steal the headlines.
“As a team, we’ve been able to spend more time learning about the car and have tried out a few changes, and both Paul and John have been able to spend some good time behind the wheel. We can now look at what we have learned here and get ready to start the season in a week’s time.”