Rain slows teams in Thruxton testing
24 February 2011 – Thruxton has been the scene this week for the British Touring Car Championship’s latest pre-season testing. Once again, Team Aon were joined by Pirtek Racing although West Surrey Racing were also present on this occasion, running in 2011 for the first time. However, inclement weather conditions hindered everybody’s progress.
Running at the Hampshire circuit for the first time this year, all in attendance were disappointed by the wet conditions on both days.
“It wasn’t the most productive of days but the latest TOCA engine which we use has a bit more power, so we've learnt a few things on how to get the power down in damp conditions,” explained Pirtek’s Andrew Jordan.
At WSR, Team Principal Dick Bennetts was pleased with the performances of drivers Rob Collard and series newcomer Nick Foster.
“We didn’t bother doing too much running today because the weather conditions were so changeable – it was too dry for Wets and too wet for Slicks, so we ended up just doing a few laps at the end of the afternoon session to shake down the car, because Rob hasn’t driven since last October,” Bennetts explained.
“Nick did a good job, too. Thruxton is quite a hard one – in fact I think it’s the toughest track in Britain because it’s so high-speed and because of the bumps this is especially true in wet conditions.”
Also in action was the NGTC prototype Toyota Avensis, with former Ford and Volvo factory driver Kelvin Burt at the wheel once again.