Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-07-08

42 : 42 : 42


42 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020 ‘This is a brilliant opportunit­y to get back in a touring car’ Sport FORMER BTCC DRIVER AGREES TO BECOME OFFICIAL HYBRID DEVELOPMEN­T DRIVER WITH COSWORTH Darren Turner JAKOB EBREY through some punishing test cycles. “As the hybrid deployment will be for both attacking and defending, we will need to work on how it is best configured so that it’s easy to understand and easy to use. It’s also important the fans can see it and understand what’s going on. All involved will be going through a learning process with it, but that is exactly what this testing programme is for. We want to see what it is capable of, and then work out the best deployment strategies from there.” done before, in terms of race cars. “I want to come at this fresh – I will meet the team and the guys doing the developmen­t and we will work out clearly what the objective is, because it isn’t just about the ultimate performanc­e of the cars. “It’s about making sure that it enhances what the racing currently is like and it adds to what the British Touring Car Championsh­ip is all about and, of course, another important aspect is durability testing – we’ll be putting the equipment With the car build now complete, it will embark on an intensive test and developmen­t programme ahead of the planned hybrid introducti­on in the BTCC from 2022. Turner said: “It’s a really interestin­g project. I hugely enjoyed the British Touring Car Championsh­ip when I raced in it and this is a brilliant opportunit­y to get back in a touring car and do something a little bit different. “I’ve not had the opportunit­y to use hybrid with anything else I have Goodyear’s two-day test at Snetterton this week. The hugely-respected 46-year-old has a wealth of experience, having contested more than 70 BTCC races, as well as claiming class honours on three occasions in the world’s most famous endurance race – the Le Mans 24 Hours. Cosworth Electronic­s, the official hybrid supplier, contracted Speedworks Motorsport to integrate and validate the hybrid solution into a new-build BTCC Toyota Corolla. CAMBERLEY-BORN British Touring Car Championsh­ip race winner Darren Turner will conduct the majority of the on-track testing with the BTCC’s new hybrid-specificat­ion car, after confirming an agreement to be the official hybrid developmen­t driver for TOCA and Cosworth. Turner competed in the BTCC between 2006-2008 – winning five races – and will now get his first opportunit­y to sample the new hybrid Speedworks Motorsport­built Toyota Corolla at tyre supplier Shots score a hat-trick as three players sign up for new season ALDERSHOT Town players Alfy Whittingha­m, Mo Bettamer and Mitch Walker all committed their immediate futures to the club last week. Midfielder Whittingha­m said: “I’m delighted, really looking forward to next season and to being here. “I enjoyed my first season at the club and I just can’t wait to build on it and progress next year.” Striker Bettamer said: “I’m very excited, glad to be here and I can’t wait for the season to start. “I love playing in front of them (the supporters), it’s one of the main reasons why I signed. I’m just looking forward to being back out there.” Goalkeeper Walker agreed with his team-mates. He said: “The season ended abruptly and as soon at it finished I’ve been looking forward to this season. “It’s nice to stay for another season, my contract has been extended and the club has taken that option up. “I’m very much looking forward to next season.” Manager Danny Searle said upon agreement of the deals: “We are delighted to get these three back with us for next season as they are a big part of our plans moving forwards. “We also have three more who were with us last season who have agreed to sign for next season, so it’s exciting times for the football club. We’ve also agreed for two new players to join us next season and will come in and look to make an impact. Mitch Walker Mo Bettamer IAN SCAMMELL IAN SCAMMELL “We’ve also got four players from last season who have had new contracts offered to them too, so within the next week to 10 days, we’ll be in a very strong position from our perspectiv­e as a staff knowing what our core of our squad will be. “It’s great because we didn’t have that luxury last season and we are excited to see what happens over the next few weeks.” PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

© PressReader. All rights reserved.