Challenging times for AmDTuning at Rockingham‏ BTCC

The team endured a challenging weekend at Rockingham as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed for Northamptonshire for the eighth round of the season.The West Thurrock-based team headed into the weekend on a high following a breakthrough podium in the previous event at Knockhill and was keen to try and challenge for more front-running results at the Corby circuit.Saturday turned out to be a tough day on track for Inverness racer Dave Newsham as he was only able to qualify in 20th place, leaving the team with work to do on race day to try and push forwards into the points.Despite changes being made to the car overnight, Dave was forced to battle with understeer through the opening race of the weekend but he came close to scoring points with a 16th place finish; the highlight coming with an impressive move on Matt Neal and Marc Hynes into the hairpin.Further changes were made ahead of race two but contact early on that damaged the tracking on his car and affected the handling meant Dave was unable to better his result and had to settle for 18th spot.With a new differential fitted and revisions made to the set-up of his Ford Focus, Dave was finally able to make the expected push forwards and kept his nose clean in a chaotic final race of the weekend to take tenth place and add more points to his championship tally.“Qualifying was disappointing but we made some big changes for race one and they didn’t have the desired effect,” he reflected. “For some reason, we really struggled with understeer all day and need to get back to base and look at the reasons why.“Contact early on damaged the car in race two and it was hard to see if the revisions we’d made had worked and although things were better in race three after we made more changes to the car, I was struggling for grip through turn five and losing lots of time. I could keep pace with the guys in front through the rest of the lap, but then lost it all in that part of the circuit.“It’s disappointing after Knockhill as we hoped to get three strong finishes here, but at least we could end the weekend with some solid points in the final race.”Team boss Shaun Hollamby admitted to being disappointed with the results from race day as a whole, although he was happy with the way the weekend had drawn to a close.“Dave drove well in race three and did a good job on the soft tyres,” he said. “We were just losing out at one part of the circuit, but with the way it went this weekend, I think its clear that we need to come and test here before we return next year!“While it’s disappointing to only have a single points scoring finish this weekend, the top ten is our target so I’m pleased we achieved that in race three and it was a good way to end things. Our lap times haven’t been far off throughout the day despite the handling issues we’ve had, but position is key as I’ve said before, and we were in the wrong position after qualifying.“However, things will be better next time out at Silverstone and we’ll be in a stronger position.”

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