AmDTuning.com made had a promising debut for the Honda Civic at Snetterton in the hands of James Kaye following a brief test session prior to the race weekend.
After calling time on the Volkswagen Golf the team took advantage of Kaye’s Honda links to acquire the S2000 Civic that would take him to second in class for qualifying.
Following a strong start to the first race James was forced in to retirement after only four laps due to a turbo failure.
The team would work hard to get Kaye out for the second race only for a issue with the power steering to end his charge for the win and ultimately slipping down the field.
The weekend would end there for Kaye with the team unable to cure the steering issues, preventing him from taking to the grid for the final race.
Despite the teething problems the Isle-of-Wight racer remained positive after the strong showing of pace over the weekend.
“We probably came into the weekend setting our expectations a bit high with a new car, and of course we come away disappointed that we failed to get a win,” he said. “However, Snetterton was going to a tough circuit with the boost we had, and we couldn’t have foreseen the issues we then faced.
“We’ve just got to get on with the job at hand and come out fighting next time out. The car is very, very good and it handles superbly, which is just what you need when you get to Knockhill, so I’m confident that we’ll be able to put this one behind us and show what we can do.”
Team boss Shaun Hollamby was upbeat despite the frustrations of the weekend. “It took James a few sessions to get up to speed in the car, but he qualified well and arguably should have been quickest of the S2000 drivers,” he said.
“He was running strongly in the first race until the turbo issue, and the power steering problem that we then faced in races two and three was one of those things that hasn’t been seen with the car before.
“Of course we hoped to celebrate the car’s debut with some stronger results on track, but the potential is clear to see. Lea [Wood] has had a good weekend this weekend but he can still be caught, and there is no reason why we can’t go to Knockhill and pick up three wins later in the month.”