Steady Start for Team ES Racing
The goal I set myself at the start of the day was to keep the car straight and not qualify last, so I'm happy.
Weeks of waiting were finally over for the Luton-based Team ES Racing squad as they completed their first day of race weekend action in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch.
First free practice of the day saw Chris James complete 12 laps in a session that was cut short with a red flag after championship favourite Gordon Shedden took a heavy impact at Paddock Hill bend following a mechanical failure.
Second free practice of the day saw James complete 24 laps and also presented the team with the ideal opportunity to get some practice in changing wheels under pressure in preparation for qualifying.
Qualifying would see James steadily improve his times throughout the 30 minute session; which itself was red flagged after the VW Golf of Tom Onslow-Cole stopped on the start/finish straight. The eventual lap time set by James in the Chevrolet Lacetti would place him 19th on head grid ahead of 2010 Ginetta G50 champion Frank Wrathall and Tony Hughes.
James would come away from the session in a positive mood after admitting his goals for the day were to keep the car on the track and not qualify last.
Talking about the day James said: "The goal I set myself at the start of the day was to keep the car straight and not qualify last, so I'm happy. The team have got a minimal amount of work to do before the race tomorrow."
Looking forward to tomorrow James told of the importance of the start: "Need to get the start right, I'm not going to use the launch control, just use the clutch and get away; Hopefully by Druids we won't have lost any places and maybe gained a few. We'll take it race by race, the ambition this weekend is to finish all three races with a straight car. "
Team Manager Rhea Beauchamp said: "Today has been really successful, Chris drove his absolute best and the car is going superbly. Considering that Chris hasn't been out in the car much testing he feels comfortable in the car and was improving on his times throughout qualifying. We're now looking forward to tomorrow."
-source: team es racing