AmD Milltek Racing.com targets breakthrough points.
The AmD Milltek Racing.com team will hope to secure its first points finish in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship when the series heads to Donington Park this weekend (16/17 April) for the second round of the season.
The West Thurrock-based team enjoyed a successful start to the new season at Brands Hatch earlier this month, where its Volkswagen Golf produced its most competitive showing to date on a weekend where it competed with a new two-litre turbo engine designed to the BTCC’s Next Generation Touring Car regulations for the first time.
Having signed a deal to drive for AmD Milltek Racing.com this season, New Malden-based racer Tom Onslow-Cole – a winner of seven BTCC races in the past – carried the Volkswagen to a best finish of twelfth at Brands Hatch and also set a quickest lap during the weekend that was some six-tenths of a second faster than the Golf had managed round the Kent circuit previously.
After a further test at Brands Hatch this week following the season opener, Tom heads to Donington Park for the latest three races of 2011 keen to build on an encouraging start to the year as he looks to pick up the first top ten finish for the AmD Milltek Racing.com team.
“We made some good steps forward in the test, although we still have more work to do in practice when we get to Donington Park,” he said. “We were able to make progress with the chassis and are confident about what we need to do to find more straight line speed, which we were lacking in the Brands Hatch race weekend.
“Heading to Donington, it would be nice if we could get into the points and score the first top ten finish for the Volkswagen, but it is impossible to know exactly where we stand until we hit the track and see how our rivals are performing.”
The test at Brands Hatch came after the turbo engine underwent further work at engine builder Lehmann Motorentechnik in Leichtenstein following the season opener, with a number of areas where improvement can be made being identified.
Having had the opportunity to test a series of changes at Brands Hatch, team boss Shaun Hollamby is hopeful that the progress seen in the first three races of the year can now be maintained at Donington Park – which marks the home event for the team’s Derby-based backer Milltek Sport.
“The engine went back to Lehmann after Brands Hatch and was tested, and we found a few areas where we can improve,” he said. “We were able to work on a few things with the car during our test at Brands Hatch, and we are hopeful that we can be even more competitive at Donington Park and push towards the top ten. The ultimate aim this season is to be a regular contender for points, and with further improvements to the package that we have planned, there is no reason we won’t be able to do that.
“Donington Park last season was probably one of the best weekends we had with the Volkswagen when it was running in its older specification, so with more power from the turbo engine, we’re confident of a strong run this time around.”
Live coverage of the latest three rounds of the BTCC season will air on ITV4, ITV4 HD and on ITV.com from 11:00-18:00 on Sunday, while Saturday’s qualifying session – running from 15:20-15:50 – will be available to view on ITV.com