TCR Australia race winner Aaron Cameron to test BTCC Honda

TCR Australia race winner Aaron Cameron to test BTCC Honda

Photo: Daniel Kalisz / TCR Australia

TCR Australia race winner Aaron Cameron will test one of Team Dynamics’ Honda Civic cars at Silverstone next week, after the Australian earned a British Touring Car Championship test for his efforts in 2019.

Cameron has put together the test thanks to a connection with the team via Australian motorsport personality Ryan McLeod.

The 19-year-old has already worked with Team Dynamics, albeit away from the BTCC, when he took part in the Dubai 24 Hours earlier in the year at the wheel of the outfit’s Audi RS3 LMS TCR car.

Cameron impressed in his début season in the TCR Australia series, where he raced a Volkswagen Golf GTi for Melbourne Performance Centre, ending the year third overall in the drivers’ standings with one race win to his name.

The Victorian driver was the best-placed ‘non-professional’ driver in the standings, earning him the Michelin Cup prize, after six visits to the podium, culminating in a maiden win in the season finale at The Bend Motorsport Park.

“I’m very excited to drive a BTCC Honda for the first time at an iconic circuit like Silverstone,” said Cameron. “It’s the first time that I’ll have the chance to drive at Silverstone.

“Team Dynamics has allocated me a considerable amount of laps in the car, so it will give me a good chance to get a feel for it the car.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time in TCR Australia this year. It has given me a lot of opportunities to see what else is out there.

“My plans for 2020 aren’t locked in yet. I’d like to do another season in TCR Australia, but a test like this will give me a good understanding of what else is available and where I can start to look into the future.

“This whole deal to test the car has come about with the assistance and support of Ryan McLeod. He was the one who linked me with Team Dynamics to drive the Audi TCR car in Dubai, and now it has progressed to this BTCC test, so I can’t thank him enough.”

Team Dynamics Motorsport Chairman Steve Neal is expecting Cameron to be able to adjust well to driving a modern BTCC car after his experience in TCR machinery.

“Our team was very impressed with Aaron when he raced with us in Dubai, we know and trust Ryan’s ability and opinions, so it’ll be a pleasure to have him back to test one of our Hondas,” said Neal.

“We have been keeping track of his progress in TCR Australia, and for a young driver, Aaron has been doing extremely well against some established drivers in good cars.

“The step from a TCR car to a BTCC car will be no problem for him, it’s a bit more physical but similar to a TCR in lap time and performance.

“We’ve allocated enough track time that he’ll get a good idea of what the cars are like and we feel that he’ll adapt to it quickly.”