The WestCoast Racing Team is keeping its expectations in check for this weekend as the 2015 TCR International Series returns to Austria, making its debut at the Red Bull Ring.
Ukrainian driver Igor Skuz returns to the team after stepping aside for the two Russian races at Sochi. Skuz rejoins race winning team-mates Gianni Morbidelli and Kevin Gleason as all three men hope to claw back some points in the Drivers’ Championship using the teams three Jas Motorsport built Honda Civic TCRs.
After a relatively quiet weekend at Sochi where the Civic was laden with maximun ballast and both Gleason and Morbidelli struggled to adapt the cars setup to the Grand Prix circuit, the team is keeping a quiet check whilst adapting the Civic to the fast challenges of the Red Bull Ring, which should suit the lighter Honda this weekend.
Gleason is upbeat about the teams chances, having taken his first ever TCR win at the ultra fast Salzburgring, but he is aware that he has a fight on his hands.
“I feel more optimistic than I did at Sochi Autodrom, as that proved to be one of worst tracks to be carrying maximum ballast. We expect the Red Bull Ring to suit the Honda Civic TCR a little more, but we’re aware that the circuit recently hosted the SEAT Eurocup and some of our rivals will benefit from that experience.
“The circuit has a nice flow to it and some fast turns, and that’s where our car is strong. I return to Austria with good vibes after opening my race wins account at the Salzburgring and so I have a positive attitude, determined to get the Honda back up front.”
Team Manager James Nixon explained how WestCoast Racing has been working to cure its reliability issues.
“The Red Bull Ring will again be a tricky track for the Honda Civic TCR, but we should all fare better without the ballast we carried in Russia. Having said that, we’re well aware that SEAT has just driven there as part of the Eurocup, so those teams will have a lot of circuit knowledge and may be hard to beat,” Nixon explained.
“WestCoast Racing and JAS Motorsport are working hard to find a fix to the reliability issues that halted the Honda Civic TCRs in Russia and we continue refining setups in an attempt to find some speed and lose the understeer that compromised our drivers in the previous round. As always, we will try our utmost to return to the sharp end.”