James aiming for points in debut season
13 March 2011 – Chris James announced in late February that he will be making his British Touring Car Championship debut in 2011, running a Ray Mallock-prepared Chevrolet Lacetti. With the car having now been delivered from Sweden, the Bedfordshire-based newcomer hopes to score championship points in his maiden campaign.
With 15 points handed out for race victory, a tenth place finishing spot would be required for newcomers Team ES Racing in order to score, with the 2009 Lacetti having now received a full service as RML supplies its engine.
“It has been an interesting challenge pulling the team together, but having close links with good mechanical and electronic engineers have proven invaluable,” James explains. “We have done a deal with Arthur Forster of Forster MotorSport to buy his transporter. We are also close to signing a deal with an experienced Team Manager for the season - once this is done every position is covered.”
He went on to express his goals for the upcoming period: “We view it as a massive achievement in itself just getting to the grid. Our goal is to score points in the first season and accept that we won’t be challenging the likes of Jason Plato and Matt Neal, although this doesn’t mean that we don’t want to!”
The squad will conduct a shakedown for the car at Donington Park next week prior to the first official test session and media day at Silverstone on Thursday 24 March. A final test run will then be staged at Brands Hatch before the opening three rounds of the championship on Sunday 3 April.