Saturday’s first BTCC practice session at Snetterton saw Warren Scott venture out in his new Volkswagen Passat for the first time since his BMR Restart squad’s tie-up with Team HARD that was finalised during the summer break.
The Passat was unveiled on Saturday morning (August 3), and Scott used the day’s first practice session as a shakedown for the car, completing seven laps in the freshly-built second Volkswagen machine that Scott will drive alongside Tom Onslow-Cole for the remainder of the 2013 season.
An excited Scott said: “Everyone is smiling because it’s here! Team HARD has done an amazing job, we always knew it was going to be tight to get the car prepared in time, but they’ve managed it just like they have with all the cars they’ve built this year.
“I’m really looking forward to being a part of the NGTC battle, but obviously we’re being realistic, we’ve got a lot of practice to get under our belts to get up to speed. We found the Insignia pretty easy to get on with and hopefully it won’t take long to get this in the same place. We were looking forward to this for next year, we were having problems with the SEAT and I didn’t want to put money into a car that wasn’t going to be racing in 2014.
“Restart has been great – they’re a young company that are looking to the future with some new products coming soon and hopfully we’re going to grow together. Team BMR has been helping Team HARD getting the car ready and learning as much as they can in the process, as we both have the same outlook.”
His BMR Restart group which Scott began the 2013 with – driving a SEAT Leon in the S2000 Jack Sears Trophy class – have stuck with the project all the way through development of the car, and are equally looking forward to the challenge ahead this weekend.
Mark Turner, Team Principal for Team BMR Restart, said: “Everyone involved has done a cracking job to make this happen. Ourselves, Team HARD and the BTCC technical team have all been a massive help. The hours everyone has put in have been incredible – the guys have been working through the night for the last few days and now we’re set up for a good shakedown this weekend. We’re really looking forward to the challenge, but for this event we’ve just got to get the car sorted and set out our targets for the rest of the season.
“We’re grateful to have some data from the other Passat which gives us a base setup. We’re learning something new again, and this is a learning year for us ahead of the next two seasons of racing.”
Team HARD boss Tony Gilham added: “It has been a massive task for us to complete another car build in time for the Snetterton round. That’s now our fourth NGTC build in only six months. For a small family team like ourselves this is a huge achievement from all at Team HARD, to now be alongside Honda with four NGTC cars on the grid. The boys have worked tirelessly to make this happen and the relationship we have already formed with all the guys and girls at Team BMR Restart makes it even more rewarding.
“I would personally like to thank the faith Warren, Mark and the team has shown in us to give us the opportunity to team up with each other and we look forward to a long and successful relationship together.”