Was out for our full days running as a team at Brands on friday. Unfortunately Matt had a clutch problem that couldn't be cured- it was sods law it was his car that was in the pits most of the day when its him that needs as much time on track as possible.
I met him for the first time and we got on well which is key in a team as you need to be able to work closely together all year to get the best from the car. The problem should be sorted in time for our next outing at Oulton on wednesday of this week.
With regard to my day, i was pretty pleased all in all. We found time throughout the day but also found a few negative changes to the car which we know NOT to use in the future as they had an adverse effect.
Its always difficult to get a comparison when there are no other teams out but I was really encouraged by the times we were managing to do by the end of the day and we were all pleased to see the car IS on the pace.
More than anything else though I'm pleased to now feel really at home in the car, i'm learning about its response to various set up changes and can't wait to get back in this week to continue development. My engineer, number 1 mechanic and i were also working well together- its something new for me to be looked towards with regard to setup, whereas before i've just been able to use matt's knowledge to set up the car now the guys are all looking at me to make the changes!!!
Hope everyone's cool and looking forward as much as i am to next weeks media launch. One shitty thing though that i've just learnt is we won't have our team suits delivered in time from Sparco as BTCC teams have taken a back seat to the F1 boys!!- RUBBISH!!