Team ES Racing are well on the way to being ready for their first season in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, after a busy time preparing all that is needed to run in the top British series.
As well as running the team, Chris James will assume driving duties in the recently acquired Chevrolet Lacetti.
The Lacetti was sourced from Sweden, and since taking delivery of the machine it has been away to Ray Mallock Limited for a service prior to testing.
RML’s extensive knowledge of the Chevrolet Lacetti will also benefit the Team ES outfit with RML supplying the powerplant to the team.
“The car has been to RML to have a full check-up and overhaul”, said James, adding “As it came from Nika Racing in Sweden it was in very good condition anyway. We have just had to have a general service on items such as the lift jacks, steering rack etc. The engine is being supplied by RML, which we are excited about as this is a quality proven lump.”
James took time out to speak about the formation of the team, “It has been an interesting challenge pulling the team together, but having close links with good mechanical and electronic engineers have proven invaluable. We have a couple of very nice pit girls, Natalie (Harry Vaulkard's grid girl in 2009) and Kirsty,” he said.
The final pieces of the jigsaw are all ready to be put into place, after deals have been struck to cover the logistical side of things, as well as being close to announcing the team bringing in an experienced Team Manager to oversee operations for the year.
Logistically, the transpiration will be solved by the acquisition of the former Forster MotorSport transporter.
Despite the obvious excitement as the new season approaches, James is remaining realistic with his hopes for the 2011 BTCC campaign, “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!”
New teams in the BTCC always attract a massive amount of support from series fans, and James is hoping that Team ES is no exception, “We are looking to embrace the public & gain as many supporters as possible. The English love an underdog and that is what we will be for sure!”
The team will test at Donington next week for the first run in the in the #78 Chevrolet Lacetti, with the first official test, and media, day at Silverstone set for the 24th March.
Brands Hatch in Kent will host another test prior to the circuit hosting the season opener on the first weekend of April.
As with all forms of motorsport, sponsors are key to success. Team ES have a number of opportunities available, and any interested parties should contact Chris James directly at [email protected]shire.com.