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ROBB HOLLAND KEPT A DEBUT DIARY FOR INSIDE BTCC AT SNETTERTON... When it came to joining Tony and Team HARD, they were the best option for me in order to join the grid. Of course it would have been good to drive an NGTC car, but none of the established teams had an NGTC car available, so I went for the next best thing in the Honda Civic. The team is a great group of guys and I think there is a lot of potential there. We’re already talking about the possibility of doing something together next year. I went into the weekend with one day of running behind me and the test was good, although it was a shame that the weather was as it was and I couldn’t get a lot of dry running. However it gave me some seat time to learn a bit about the Civic and about how the team worked ahead of www.insidebtcc.com

my debut. Free Practice 1 – 17th, +3.902secs The first session went okay and it was good to get out on track, although we had an issue with the set-up of the car and it was like the rear was trying to drive the front. The car was quite unstable as a result and it was hard to be precise behind the wheel. I was able to spend some time on track behind Andrew Jordan’s Honda and followed him a little but the issues with the set-up meant I wasn’t able to brake as late as him into the corners and couldn’t take the same lines. However, watching what he was doing, there wasn’t much I needed to do differently once we had the set-up problem sorted out. Free Practice 2 – 19th, +4.142secs

The second session was much better as we made big changes to the car and it was a lot more stable. I picked up more time but I was still learning the circuit and the car. I got quicker as we went on and even went green in the first sector on my in lap so it showed that I was still getting faster when the session ended. One thing I was realising is that the car is very sensitive, more so than the cars I have raced back in the USA, and every little change affects it a lot more. We started off on scrubbed tyres and then put new tyres on the front before pitting to swap them over to the rear and it was a big change running on those different tyres. All in all though, it was a step in the right direction.

Qualifying – 20th, +3.517secs Obviously I hoped to be higher up the grid than 20th but at the same time, I was quicker than I had been in the earlier sessions, which was encouraging. The S2000 car is so different to what I am used to and I was losing out under braking.We’d got hold of the data from Gordon Shedden from last year and we could see that I was losing most of my time under braking. If I could get that sorted then I knew I would find time straight away and the aim for Sunday was to try and get three finishes, more experience and be competitive. Race 1 - DNF My aims didn’t last long as race one turned out to be short and not so sweet! My start was Inside BTCC 15

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