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Speedworks Motorsport ‘on the front foot’ following testing in Portugal

Speedworks Motorsport Team Principal Christian Dick believes his British Touring Car Championship outfit are ‘on the front foot’ following a testing programme in the Algarve and Portimao.

In the hands of Tom Ingram, the Toyota Avensis secured four race victories and a further five podiums en route to both Independent titles.

The High Wycombe-based racer has notably kept his racecraft fresh over the winter period by using sophisticated simulation equipment, but the trip to warmer temperatures marked the first time he has turned a wheel in anger on circuit in 2018.

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“It was so good to be back in the car!” commented Ingram.

“It’s been a long winter but I’ve been keeping fresh on the Speedworks Pro-Sim simulator, so when I jumped in the car I didn’t feel rusty at all and was able to get bang on pace straight away.

“Once again, Speedworks have found even more performance in the Toyota and the car feels strong.

“Arguably, 2018 is going to be one of the most competitive in recent years and this test should have given us a bit of an advantage heading into the first round.

“You look down the entry list for this year and there are 10-15 drivers who have won a BTCC race, or are capable of winning one this year, so I am going to have my work cut out but the car is mega and I feel fresh and race ready so bring it on!”

Christian Dick hailed the importance of testing in Portugal as crucial to the team’s continued growth and success, and believes they stand a good chance as Speedworks head to Brands Hatch over the weekend of 07-08 April with the opportunity to win the opening round on base weight and boost for the third successive year.

“Portugal has become an annual test for us over the past three years and you can clearly see how much effect that has had on our results, going from BTCC points scorers to Independents’ champions,” said Dick.

“People ask what’s the point in going abroad, as we don’t race abroad but you look at the weather back in the UK whilst we were in Portugal, the only thing that would have seen any running was the kettle in the workshop!

“As ever, we are pushing hard developing the Toyota and it was great to see the time and effort put into the car paying off in terms of lap-times and pace.

“There is only one goal in 2018 and that is the overall title. This test has put us firmly on the front foot heading into Brands Hatch.”

The team heads next to the official Season Launch at Donington Park on 27 March and understands they will also be present at the collective test scheduled at Brands Hatch for two days later.



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