This week saw BTCC testing kick off with a host of teams out on track for the first time in 2017. At Donington in the Mercedes A Class were Wix Racing supported Ciceley Racing’s Adam Morgan and Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat. Despite the cold weather the duo had a good test day with no significant problems.
2017 is Adam Morgan’s 5th season in the British Touring Car Championship. The former Ginetta GT Supercup champion has been racing with the Ciceley squad since 2013, finishing 9th overall last season.
The team have the distinction of bringing Mercedes back to the BTCC for the first time since the 1980’s.
Aiden Moffat who debuted in BTCC in 2013 at 16 was the youngest driver to do so. The Scot finished 14th last season and took his second BTCC podium place in the final round at Brands Hatch. Moffat recently competed in the 24H Dubai endurance race, SP3 class with Century Motorsport, finishing in P2 in a Ginetta G55.
Rob Austin for Handy Motorsports tucked away the laps at Oulton Park in his Toyota Avensis as did Jack Goff in the Eurotech Racing Honda Civic R on Tuesday. Goff announced his move to the squad from WSR last month. Eurotech Team Principal Jeff Smith stated at the time that they had a comprehensive pre-season testing programme in place, and as they hit the track at Snetterton on Wednesday, the preparations for Goff adjusting to a front-wheel drive again, look to be more than falling into place.
Following this week’s announcement that he would be returning to WSR, Colin Turkington was out at Brands Hatch behind the wheel of his new BMW 125i M Sport. Two time champion Turkington who has spent 9 of his 12 seasons with WSR then moves onto a week of testing in Spain.
The introduction of the new bigger Dunlop Sport Maxx BTCC tyre range for drivers to adjust to doesn’t appear to have presented any issues. With improved steering response, braking stability and expected increase in performance, the new tyres were getting a positive reaction throughout the tests.
Allison Remzi All images ©Andy Fitzpatrick