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Getting to grips with the new technology: the 2022 BTCC Season Opener at Donington Park

Over the weekend of April 23-24 The Laser Tools Racing team were at Donington Park for the first round of the 2022 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship campaign. Aiden Moffat reports.

For 2022 we’ve seen the introduction of a whole new hybrid powertrain with new engine suppliers M-Sport teaming up with Cosworth who are providing the hybrid systems. By the time we had arrived at Donington Park the two LTR cars had very little pre-season testing under their belts. This wasn’t helped when my car threw a belt that destroyed the engine just a week earlier at the season launch at Thruxton, leaving me with just two laps completed in the whole day’s testing.

The nature of this first round with brand new engines from a new supplier and a never before used hybrid system is evident as teams up and down the paddock were finding gremlins. Saturday was a tough day at the office with the installation of the new technology. In my case, the hybrid system notworking is the biggest issue as that affects engine performance; with team mate Dexter Patterson there were engine turbo-boost problems. Once these are sorted we can then judge the cars’ pace against the competition.

By close of play on Sunday we still had many issues, for example the hybrid system doesn’t seem to hold charge and we really can’t use it to any extent — so we’re on the back foot a bit there. Also, due to the lack of track time, the car’s a long way from being the competitive race car that we finished last year with. It's frustrating, and we’ve got our work cut out. Going forward, we have just under three weeks to solve the component problems that plagued us over the Donington weekend, and then fine-tune the set-up of both Infinitis to enable us to look positively at the coming Brands Hatch round.

28 Apr 2022