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Daniel Welch targeting trio of points finishes as Proton progress continues

Daniel Welch is setting his sights on a trio of points finishes at Donington Park this weekend as he bids to continue his resurgence behind the wheel of the Proton Gen-2.

Off the back of two difficult years running his own self-built engines in the front-wheel-drive machine, the Hampshire-based racer has reverted back to using a Swindon power plant for 2016, reaping the benefits already.

Taking a brace of points finishes at the curtain-raiser, Welch is now setting his sights on further progress this weekend and is optimistic that the top ten can be a target for his Goodestone-backed NGTC car.

“Last year was a difficult one for us,” admitted Welch to BTCC Crazy at the Leicestershire circuit. “We toyed with the idea of running a different engine over the winter and we finally chose the Swindon – that has proved to be a rather good decision now.

“We almost didn’t make Brands Hatch because of certain things but we certainly outperformed ourselves. I didn’t think we would be able to score points but we ran competitively and it is only going to continue once we bolt the RML kit on.

“For this weekend we have to be confident that we can be knocking on the door of the top ten. We have made a step forward with the car and I’m optimistic we will be in and around the points again. Obviously we aren’t going to be challenging for podiums but we can try push forward as much as we can.”

Article originally written on Saturday, 16 April 2016. Read more articles from the BTCC Crazy Archive.