National racers try BTCC machine

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Three national racing frontrunners got the chance to sample a top-flight British Touring Car Championship Motorbase Performance at Snetterton on Tuesday as part of a Dunlop prize package for their successes.

Mini Challenge JCW class runner-up Reece Barr, Mini Challenge Cooper Pro Class winner Matt Hammond and BRSCC Fiesta Championship winner Jamie White all got to grips with the two-litre Ford Focus under the watchful eye of the team’s engineers and experts, as well as regular driver Rory Butcher.

Barr was awarded the test when Mini Challenge JCW winner Brett Smith, who has already graduated to the BTCC with his father Jeff’s Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R, stood aside to let the second placed driver take his change.

All three conducted learning laps in the morning before going on to a simulated race run in the afternoon, which included two out laps and a 10-lap stint on the soft Dunlop tyres.

Motorbase Performance Oly Collins said: “I was impressed by the approach from all of them. They did a sensible job, learning well and listening to the advice we were giving them. I hope they will all take something away from this experience.”

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