Promising pace at BTCC seasons opener

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TH Motorsport Racing with JAG Honda IntegraJohn George reckons he could be the fastest Honda driver out there once his TH Motorsport Racing with JAG crew has fully got to grips with its 2009 Integra. Guernsey-domiciled Cornishman George proved rapid during the weekend's HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season-opener at Brands Hatch, getting within a second of the top times in second practice and then qualifying 13th overall on Saturday. Out of four Hondas on the grid, only Gordon Shedden’s Team Dynamics Civic was quicker.


Although Sunday failed to produce any points finishes for George – a lap one, race one spin into retirement severely hampered his progress for the remainder of the day – he was hugely encouraged by his car’s performance.

 

George said: “I am really pleased with the way things went – I can take a bit of bad luck and we were quick enough to do some real damage in the top ten. I would rather be quick and have bad luck than be slow and need good luck to get anywhere.

 

“We have only had the car for about three weeks and it has been sitting in a workshop for three years doing nothing so I suppose rubber seals and the like will perish once we start using them, but now the team will strip them out and change them. “To put it into perspective we were the second quickest Honda today in a car that was built in 2005. Once we really get on top of the car I think we can really surprise a few people.”

Team boss Trevor Humphrey was equally upbeat adding: “Today made all the effort of the past three years worthwhile for everyone in the team. We were trading places with the much bigger teams in all three sessions, using the absolute minimum of tyres.

 

“In qualifying, John posted our fasted ever time at Brands Hatch of 49.8 seconds and so I called him in and sat out the last ten minutes of qualifying so as to save the tyres. The car didn’t miss a beat all day, John didn’t have any problems and it worked like clock work. Our budget would only pay the catering bill for some of these teams so ending up 13th on the grid was a major achievement for the team”.