AmD Milltek Racing.com driver Shaun Hollamby and the rest of the Essex-based team are “buzzing” as the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) gears up to visit Silverstone, the squad buoyed by an unexpectedly good performance at Snetterton in the previous round.
“We were not expecting great results at Snetterton so to come away with our best weekend ever has left the team very upbeat,” said Hollamby. “To finish all three races, score more points in the Independent Team class and greatly improve our lap times was a fitting reward for all of the hard work the team has put in to developing the car.”
“A couple of silly errors from me cost us a couple of places at Snetterton but that's what happens when you’re trying to make up for 10mph down the straights,” he admitted. “I could have scored more points in the Independent Drivers' Championship if I hadn't spun early in the third race. I can't afford to miss these type of opportunities”.
The team's Volkswagen Golf will enjoy more developments for the race weekend around the National Circuit at Silverstone. The team hope the work will continue to see them gaining on the rest of the pack – Hollamby's pace at Snetterton only 1.7 behind double race winner and championship leader Jason Plato – a feat the driver described as a “huge step forward”.
While the team note that the National Circuit will, like Snetterton place the emphasis of speed, Hollamby is more focused on continuing to develop the car for the latter rounds.
“We aim to make the most of race finishes this weekend and to keep out of trouble so that we can hit the ground running at Knockhill and Brands Hatch, where power isn't such a factor,” he said.
The team have also launched an online competition, the winner receiving two hospitality tickets from the team for the series finale at Brands Hatch October 10.
The race game gives you the chance to drive a virtual version of the team's Golf around Brands Hatch, the fastest lap time taking the spoils.
The game can be found on the team's website at http://www.amdmilltekracing.com/game.cfm.