AmDTuning heads for vital test following Snetterton disappointment‏

The AmDTuning.com team will look to the make the most of a vital test day this week at Snetterton on the back of a tough sixth round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.The West Thurrock-based team went into the weekend at the Norfolk venue seeking to impress as the 2014 campaign resumed after the summer break, with Inverness racer Dave Newsham optimistic of pushing for top ten finishes at the circuit where he took his maiden BTCC win.Qualifying saw Dave secure his best starting position of the season so far, with his Ford Focus lining up 14th on the grid for the opening race of the weekend – just half a second away from the top ten at the longest circuit on the calendar.Hopes were high of a strong run in the opening race, with the team having elected to run the softer-compound Dunlop tyre at the first opportunity. However, those hopes would evaporate at turn one, when Dave was caught up in an incident involving two cars ahead that resulted in a puncture – forcing him to return slowly to the pits.While he was able to rejoin the race, the time lost meant he was unable to close onto the rest of the field and had to settle for a disappointing 26th place finish.Starting from the back of the field in race two, Dave was able to make moves forward through the pack although he would miss out on a points finish on the final lap when he lost out to Andrew Jordan in a drag race to the line.With many of his rivals running the softer tyre in race three, Dave faced a challenge to try and rescue points from the weekend but managed to bring the car to the finish in 15th despite set-up changes made prior to the start failing to have the desired effect.The team will now work hard to try and resolve some of the issues faced during the weekend over the course of a one-day test session, which will be attended by a number of the competing BTCC teams at Snetterton on Tuesday.“It’s been a difficult weekend, and it’s unfortunate that things didn’t go to plan at one of my favourite circuits,” Dave said. “Race one was just unfortunate as we think it was a piece of bodywork from another car that punctured the tyre and we were forced to pit, and then in race two, the pace was reasonable enough and I lost out on a point in a drag race to the line.“We made some changes to the car for the final race but they didn’t work as we thought they would and it was a real handful. Despite that, we managed to at least rescue a point from the weekend, but we were obviously hoping for a lot more.“We’ve now got the test day to try and work on a few things and there is a lot we have planned to ensure that when we go to Knockhill, we are able to show what we can do.”Team boss Shaun Hollamby shared in the disappointment and admitted that the Snetterton weekend was one for the team to put behind it.“We just didn’t have the pace on race day this weekend for some reason, and we need to use the test to try a few things out and see why,” he said. “We know the car can be quick round here as the Motorbase guys showed, so we’ll get our heads down and work through the list of jobs we have.“The bonus is that we secured our best qualifying performance of the season but this is a weekend to put behind us and then focus on a strong showing at Knockhill, which is a big weekend for us with it being Dave’s home race.”