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challenge for us as we don’t have an in-house

have the money to just throw people at it, so

a few people in the paddock may have guessed we were doing something and Dynamics probably guessed when

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we ordered 30 18-inch wheels! CAD programme. Instead, we have a good guy down in Kent who did it for us, and he had a mule car down at his place to work with. The bodywork had to be designed, he had to make something similar to clay model of it, then we had to make sure the design worked from a performance point of view and that TOCA were happy with it. Then we had to make moulds and then had to manufacture the bodywork – all of which takes time. In fact, our spare bodywork only arrived at 11pm on the Friday before Snetterton. “We don’t have a massive amount of staff and don’t Inside BTCC 28

everyone has had to dig in hard and do things they wouldn’t normally do. A few people in the paddock may have guessed we were doing something as there were questions that

were asked in the working group meetings where it was obvious we’d been working on an NGTC car – and Dynamics probably guessed when we ordered 30 18 inch wheels! But I don’t think people expected it to appear at Snetterton…” At times, the team itself was unsure if the car would be ready for the weekend, with the final decision only taken late on the Friday night to load the car up and head for

Norfolk. “At the start of the week we knew it was going to be a tall order, but things were going well,” Collins continues. “As you get further into the build of a car, you come up against brick walls and that happened a few times. We wanted to do a shakedown before we went to Snetterton but it soon became apparent that that wouldn’t be possible. That was why both S2000 cars were shaken down as normal and taken to the circuit while we kept working on the NGTC car “It was probably only at midnight on the Friday that we knew that the car would be ready to run at Snetterton and was in a position to turn a wheel for the first time. We wouldn’t have run the car if it wasn’t going to be safe and if we didn’t think we would be able to learn from it. We don’t expect to be fighting for podiums www.insidebtcc.com

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