Pirtek duo complete Brands Hatch test
10 February 2011 – Pirtek Racing drivers Andrew Jordan and Jeff Smith were in action at Brands Hatch on Tuesday and Wednesday as the team’s Vauxhall Vectra ran for the first time this year. Using the shorter Indy circuit, both drivers experienced trouble-free runs with the exception of one gravelly moment for Smith at the Druids hairpin (top).
Having already been running governing body TOCA’s Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) engine last year, 2011 marks the team’s second season of development with the new, lost-cost technology.
“The TOCA engine has had more development on it over the winter and everything feels really good straight out of the blocks,” Andrew reported.
“Already our lap times are looking good, compared to what we achieved around here last year, and that’s before we’ve even got started on chassis tweaks.”