After a frustrating day on Saturday at Oulton Park, the team worked hard on Saturday evening to get the cars ready for the racing on Sunday.
With Dave starting from 28th on the grid at Oulton Park, and Chris from 29th there was a lot of work required to get the cars back into the points.
Unfortunately Chris’ engine was struck with a fuel pressure issue on the starting line, which saw him return to the pits after the first lap. Once sorted, he was quickly released back onto the circuit to complete the race distance.
Despite struggling with a new suspension package, Dave managed to progress up the grid finishing the first race in 24th.
Race two provided further opportunity for Dave to progress up the grid, battling his way into 19th position. As a result of Chris’ issue in race one, he started on the 15th row of the grid, and making his way up to 27th place in the penultimate race of the day.
Pushing hard for points, Dave produced a storming drive in race three, following some radical changes to the car. This enabled him to get the car firmly into the points, and finished the race in P13.
Chris also pushed hard in race 3, and moved his Chevrolet Cruze up 7 places, finishing in P20.
Overall, it was a difficult weekend for the team because of a frustrating qualifying session, which left them on the back foot for the races on Sunday.
Whilst it wasn’t the weekend that the team had dreamed of, getting one car into the points, and the collection of more important data, means that the team heads to Croft with even more drive and determination to make their mark on the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship.
Team Manager Bert Taylor was disappointed, but knows that the team has more to offer. “We threw a lot at the cars this weekend, and the results of race 3 made up for our difficult time at Oulton Park.
“There is massive support for the team already, and this is one of the many things driving us all on to ensure we continue to keep improving each weekend. Dave and Chris gave it everything possible, and the team worked tirelessly to turn things around, we will get there. Bring on Croft!”
It was another hard-fought weekend for Dave, who has shown repeatedly that he is hungry to move the Chevrolet Cruze up the grid. “We had a frustrating weekend at Oulton Park, but we were pretty racy in race 3, bagging some more well-earned points.
“Three race finishes and moving forward in each race, whilst collecting valuable data will help us to ensure that we are in a better position for the next round at Croft.”
The team which is just over six months old has now completed four race weekends in the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship, in which BTC Norlin Racing is competing against some real BTCC giants of the motorsport world.
With big ambitions and stacks of passion, the team is committed to learning from the weekend, ready to push on at Croft on 10-11th of June.
Dave Newsham – 16th
Chris Smiley – 27th
Photography: Jay Adair
Courtesy of BTC Racing