West Surrey Racing buoyed by developmental work at Snetterton test

West Surrey Racing hailed this weeks two-day Snetterton test as a success after all three drivers clocked a combined 450 miles around the Norfolk circuit.

Focusing on a specific developmental programme rather than outright laptimes, all three drivers hit the track along with a majority of the BTCC grid.

Day one saw double champion Colin Turkington complete running in the morning and setting the 14th fastest time before Rob Collard took over in the afternoon and went on to set the 23rd fastest lap around the 2.99 mile configuration.

Andrew Jordan meanwhile completed a full days running in his recently rebuilt Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M-Sport on Wednesday, ultimately finishing 18th. Jordan didn’t take part on day two.

Both Collard and Turkington took part in day two however running was limited due to heavy rain and thunderstorms striking the circuit.

With chassis developments the main focus on Wednesday and aerodynamic work on Thursday, the Sunbury-based outfit were left encouraged as they and the rest of the grid head into the second half of the season later this month.

Dick Bennetts, WSR Team Principal, said: “It’s been a very useful test for us as the time on track has enabled us to try a few new things – with positive results – and to validate some of the things we’ve been working on back at base to improve the performance of the BMW for the second half of the season.

“The work on the first day majored on the chassis while on day two we focused on aero testing and we’re pleased with what we’ve come away with. We weren’t looking for laptimes during this test.

“The BTCC is an incredibly tough championship to win with so many fast drivers and strong teams, but we’ve worked very hard to get in front and we aim to stay there.

“Some of the things we’ve found at this test should help us in the coming races, but we’re not sure we can match some of the cars ahead of us on top speed.”

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