It’s a dry winter’s morning at Donington Park and the silence is broken by the sound of a 2.0 turbo charged BTCC engine firing up. From racing Ford Fiestas only 6 years ago Will Burns is having his 1st dry test session in his new Team Hard BTCC Toyota Avensis. This is might not be the car William will be racing in 2017 but it is important to get the feel of the car and working with his new team. After the session was finished I was able to ask Will a few questions about the day, the challenges he faces and differences between his Ginetta G55 rear wheel drive and the new BTCC car.
How did the test session go today?
The Test session went really well, getting used to the car and was starting to push and get a feel for the touring car in my first dry test.
How does this car compare to the Ginetta from last year?
The car feels completely different to the ginetta, you get your lap time in a completely different way, with the touring car you monster the curbs everywhere whereas the ginetta is more delicate and you gain more time through the high speed corners.
What are the main challenges you will be facing next year?
The biggest challenge would be getting used to being in the touring cars, I can't believe it that I will be in the grid and I'm going to enjoy every second
The biggest change is getting used to FWD everything I learnt in RWD does not compare but I'm getting used to the transition with every lap with help from tony Gilham and the lads
When will you get the chance to drive the new 2017 car
The new Vw Passat is well into its new build, Team Hard are working very hard to get them back on track with the new RML parts and there's no rush to get them out until early next year for a testing program
How have you found working with your new Team
It's great working with Team Hard, I have settled in very well and I get the feeling there is a buzz around the team for 2017... It's going to be a great year!