Missed opportunity for AmDTuning at Silverstone‏ BTCC

The AmDTuning.com team was left to wonder what might have been after a challenging weekend at Silverstone during the penultimate round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.The West Thurrock-based team went into the weekend keen to try and maintain a run of form that had seen it score points in four of the previous six races, with Inverness racer Dave Newsham keen to impress at a circuit where he had enjoyed plenty of success in the past.After two solid free practice sessions where he lapped within nine-tenths of a second of the quickest time, Dave headed into qualifying in optimistic mood but an unfortunate incident on his out lap meant he was sidelined in the garage before being able to post a timed lap.Relegated to the back of the grid as a result, Dave was left with a mountain to climb in the opening race and despite being forced to take avoiding action when another driver spun in front of him on lap one, he was soon making good progress up the order.Having worked his way to the fringes of the points scoring positions, Dave’s hopes of a top 15 finish would be ended by a drive-through penalty for exceeding track limits – which relegated him back to 22nd spot.From the same position on the grid for race two, Dave kept his nose clean throughout and despite suffering with oversteer at turn one, was able to climb up to 17th before the race was brought to an early end following an accident elsewhere.Race three saw Dave manage to add to his points tally as he secured 14th place following a battle with the BMW of Nick Foster and the MG of Marc Hynes, although he was left to rue the qualifying incident having missed out on taking more from the weekend.“We’ve not been far off the pace throughout race day, so it’s disappointing that what happened in qualifying really hurt us,” he said. “It also didn’t help with the drive-through penalty in race one, which I was a bit upset with as we didn’t get a warning before hand; we just got handed the penalty and told to come in.“Although I’d had to run wide to avoid Hunter Abbott spinning at the start, the first race had been going well but with the penalty, we had work to do in race two. We made some changes to the car but it developed understeer at Copse so we went back again in race three and things were better. The only problem was that things are so close, it was hard to make up too many places and 14th was the best we could manage.“While we didn’t have the pace of Mat [Jackson – fellow Ford driver], we could have taken more away from the weekend but what’s done is done and we’ll look to end with a strong showing at Brands Hatch.”Team boss Shaun Hollamby insisted there were still positives to take away from the weekend despite the disappointment of the overall results.“The incident in qualifying and then the drive-through ultimately cost us this weekend,” he said. “The latter was disappointing as we didn’t get a warning over track limits like others did, but these things happen and we can’t change it. We just have to put it behind us and look forwards.“The positive thing is that the pace we showed on race day was good, even though we weren’t able to really show it in terms of the end results. We now go to Brands Hatch which will be a big weekend for us, and our focus is firmly on enjoying a strong end to the year at our home circuit.”


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