Thruxton test kicks of BTCC year

Testing season is upon us, with the first official BTCC test taking place last week. Teams from both the main series and its family of support series headed to Thruxton, Hampshire, for two days of testing.

The high speed track was perfect for both young and old to get used to new cars or get themselves back into the swing of things before the season begins.

Day one was a day of wet weather testing, with freezing rain perfect for the occasion. The first group out were the Ginetta Junior drivers, with many of the teenagers still getting used to car racing. With the session going without incident, open wheel and close wheel cars then took it in turns to take to the track.

Amongst the BTCC drivers who took to the track on the Wednesday afternoon was Andrew Jordan, who holds the qualifying record at the track.

“We’ve done enough running and got somewhere near with the base set-up for the wet,” said the Pirtek driver. “It’s the first time we’ve run the new suspension kit in these conditions actually, but now we’re looking forward to some dry running tomorrow.”

Also on track on Wednesday were Jack Goff, Alex Martin, Matt Simpson, and Jeff Smith.

The dry weather did arrive in time for day two of testing.

Day two’s BTCC drivers included Rob Collard, who spoke to Overtake Motorsport during the first day, whilst supporting his son, Jordan, who was testing for the Ginetta Junior championship.

Team mate Sam Tordoff also took a spin in the updated car, with Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, and Martin Depper also on track.

Feature Image credit: Caroline Rhea

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