Handy Motorsport Team Principal Simon Belcher has confirmed that the Independent outfit are making good progress with the build of their Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Announcing at Rockingham in August that they are bringing the iconic Italian badge back to the grid to replace their Toyota Avensis in 2018, work has been non-stop on building the front-wheel-drive machine.
Given a fitting farewell at the Brands Hatch season-finale, Handy Motorsport signed off their four years running the Avensis on a high, with Rob Austin scoring a maiden victory for the team in round 30.
With an extra spring in their step heading into the off-season, Belcher says that expectations are high for the Giulietta as they bid to be as prepared as they can be for next year.
Speaking to BTCC Crazy at the season finale, Belcher said: “To take our first win in the series in the last race with the Toyota was brilliant, it couldn’t have been any better. All winter we can now say that you’re only as good as your last race, and ours was a victory.
“The aim is to pick up where we left things in 2018 and that is to be fighting up near the front. We’ve got big expectations for the Alfa Romeo and we’re confident that it is going to be a great all-round package.
“We’re making really good progress at the moment though on it. The shell is currently in build and the panels are being designed. All being well, we should be in a position to start building the car up with everything at our disposal by November.
“We’re not cutting any corners with this project, that is why we are quite a way down the road already with it all. The car will be launched at the Autosport Show International in January and will be ready to hit the track pretty much straight afterwards.”
On the subject of testing, Belcher added: “We are still working out how much testing we will do and more importantly where we will go. A lot of teams went abroad before the start of this season whilst we stayed in the UK so it is worth assessing that prospect.”
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