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pretty miserable if I’m being honest as the car was really difficult to get off the line. It’s difficult to get the clutch and the throttle just right and you have to change to second really quickly off the line, but you can’t be on full throttle because you’ll get wheel-spin. At the same time, the gearbox doesn’t like that change when you aren’t on full throttle and you really have to work to get it into second gear, so the start is something I need to practice. Things didn’t go to plan after that and there was an incident on lap two with Adam Morgan at turn one. I thought it was a racing incident and we just got a bit too close to each other. The end result was we both ended up in the barriers; not the way I wanted to start. Race 2 – 14th, +38.363secs Inside BTCC 16

Race two was much better and I managed to score some points – so I was very happy with that. I really wanted some race mileage in the car and that was what I got, plus we were able to get more information that will help us moving forwards. It was good to get some points on the board and I was lapping quicker than the two guys ahead but couldn’t find a way through and I was also struggling with tyre wear towards the end. For some reason, the brake bias had gone to the rear and that meant the rear tyres overheated but I kept the car on track and brought it to the finish. My aim was to get a top ten from the weekend and I went into race three hoping that I could try and push forwards towards the top ten spots.

Race 3 – 17th, +52.714secs Race three would have been better if I’d not be pushed off at turn two at the start. I’m not sure who it was that hit me, but when you are going into a hairpin, these things can happen. Unfortunately the car then stalled so I took time to get going again but from then onwards, I ran at a strong consistent pace and managed to close the gap to the cars ahead. With a few more laps I think I could have caught them but in a weird way, running at the back was good for me because I could focus on getting my head down and pushing to see what I could get out of the car, rather than battling with people around me.

been able to learn a lot about the car and the difference in driving style required compared to what I’ve been used to back at home. Now I’ve got to use what I have learned when we head up to Knockhill, which is a totally different circuit to Snetterton and that is one of the reason why I chose these two circuits for my first taste of the BTCC. There is also the fact that Knockhill looks like it’s a total blast! I’m going there with some experience under my belt of what the car will be like and even though it was a bit of an incident packed debut, I think I have learned a lot that I can now try and build on.

The big thing I can take away from the weekend is the fact that I’ve www.insidebtcc.com

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Issue 13 of Inside BTCC - an e-mag dedicated to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Looking ahead to rounds 19, 20 and 21 of th...

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