After two weeks of extra work, including improvements on their new NGTC-spec engine AmD Milltek Sport.com are confident of raising the bar once again, after Tom Onslow–Cole scored the team's best ever result at Brands Hatch.
The team, led by Shaun Hollamby in team manager role, took advantage of the fortnight interlude in the team to run more testing at the Kent track, testing a number of changes to the no.99 VW Golf.
“The engine went back to Lehmann [engine builder Lehmann Motorentechnik in Leichtenstein] after Brands Hatch and was tested, and we found a few areas where we can improve,” said Hollamby. “We were able to work on a few things with the car during our test at Brands Hatch, and we are hopeful that we can be even more competitive at Donington Park and push towards the top ten. The ultimate aim this season is to be a regular contender for points, and with further improvements to the package that we have planned, there is no reason we won't be able to do that.”
“Donington Park last season was probably one of the best weekends we had with the Volkswagen when it was running in its older specification, so with more power from the turbo engine, we're confident of a strong run this time around.”
“We made some good steps forward in the test, although we still have more work to do in practice when we get to Donington Park,” added Onslow-Cole. “We were able to make progress with the chassis and are confident about what we need to do to find more straight line speed, which we were lacking in the Brands Hatch race weekend.”
“Heading to Donington, it would be nice if we could get into the points and score the first top ten finish for the Volkswagen, but it is impossible to know exactly where we stand until we hit the track and see how our rivals are performing.”
The leap in performance the team enjoyed – Tom was six-tenths faster than Hollamby's 2010 marker around Brands Hatch – and the progress in testing have the team hoping this weekend will include the first ever top-ten finish in the BTCC.