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March 2020 Silverstone Official Test Day

Tuesday March 17: we got the whole Laser Tools Racing 2020 two-car team together at Silverstone for the official BTCC test day, and I and my team mate Ash Sutton got our first opportunity to try out our new Infiniti Q50 race cars. Both cars were literally fresh out of the box as they had been finally completed in the early hours of Tuesday morning and loaded straight onto the Laser Tools Racing race car transporter for the trip over to the Northamptonshire circuit.

We arrived here this morning without a set-up on my car — I arrived here at four in the morning driving the race truck with the two cars in the back — so I’ve been doing a few shake-down laps this morning. This afternoon we will start experimenting with set-ups. We need to maximise any track time to improve the cars. For the season ahead I’m really looking forward to the new car and my new team mate. It’s making me more excited and more determined than ever.

Of course TOCA (BTCC series organisers) announced on Tuesday afternoon of the postponement of the first three events of 2020, Donington Park (March 28/29), Brands Hatch (April 11/12) and Silverstone (April 25/26). So hopefully plenty of practice sessions in coming weeks before the season commences at Thruxton on 16/17 May. If races get postponed, then so be it, but safety is the priority. We’ve now got to get miles in on these cars, develop these cars and focus on doing our job the best we can. Watch this space!

18 Mar 2020