After a winter of hard work that has resulted in revelatory pace and their first ever BTCC points AmD Milltek Racing now have new targets in mind.
Sunday's three races at Oulton Park have driver Tom Onslow-Cole and the rest of the team aiming for a hat-trick of points finishes from the day, with Onslow-Cole daring to speculate on a maiden podium place for the VW Golf.
“I think we have a good all round package now and are making good progress with the car,” said Onslow-Cole. “Oulton Park is circuit where you need a good chassis and strong brakes. We know the Golf has a strong chassis and we are making some improvements to the brakes, which hopefully we will benefit from this weekend.”
There are, meanwhile, unknowns ahead in the Cheshire parkland. The S2000 spec, normally aspirated cars have been granted a weight break, decreasing the minimum weight by 25kg and also further limiting the performance of turbocharged cars such as AmD Milltek's Golf.
“The rule changes for the S2000 cars mean it will be tougher to get into the top ten and stay in the top ten, but I believe we can come away from Oulton Park with three points finishes,” said Onslow-Cole. “To be honest, without the failure we had before race two, we would have done it at Thruxton. That is the aim going into the weekend and I'll be chuffed if we can come away from Oulton Park with a hat-trick of top six or top eight finishes.”
The team, led by Shaun Hollamby have made some improvements of their own to the car in the month since the Thruxton meeting. “We have good balance with the car and even though we still lack some straight line speed due to the shape of the car, we are continually working on improvements,” he said. “This weekend, we'll introduce a new look front bumper, which should be better aerodynamically and also features better air intakes for the engine, so it will be interesting to see how it performs on track.”
“Without the issue we had at Thruxton, we'd have scored three top tens so that has to be our target for this weekend. Thruxton was the meeting where I feel we really gelled as a team and got the best out of the car so we've got to build on it when we get to Oulton Park and work hard to give Tom a car that will allow him to score more points.”
But, despite the uncertainty, the man who will drive the VW has his sights on the next step.
“Our ultimate goal this year is to get the Golf onto the podium and if we could get a reverse grid this weekend and bring home a top three finish then it would be fantastic and a real milestone for the team.”