HOW THE SPEEDWORKS TEAM HAS HIT THE FRONT IN BTCC

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Speedworks team prin­ci­pal Chris­tian Dick has grad­u­ally built up the Speedworks Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship team over its six years in the cat­e­gory. Now it has stepped in to the win­ner’s cir­cle it is a feel­ing the team wants to ex­pe­ri­ence over and over again.

“I didn’t want to be a team that would pitch up, get a lit­tle bit of luck, get a re­versed grid and the win that way,” says the boss. “I didn’t want it to be lucky, I wanted to struc­ture it in a way that when we did hit the front and started win­ning races, that it would be races plu­ral. I wanted the plat­form be­hind us to en­able us to do it con­sis­tently. Ev­ery­thing that we did as far back as three years ago was tar­geted for the fu­ture, and we have learned year on year, which has now got us to this place.”

One of the vi­tal things for Speedworks has been the dy­namic with In­gram. There is prob­a­bly no closer re­la­tion­ship in the BTCC pit­lane.

“I have seen Tom im­prove on all fronts,” says Dick. “Don’t for­get, he came with a mas­sive pedi­gree, and he had won in ev­ery­thing he had been in, but this is a mas­sive step up. Un­til you get to the BTCC with the level of com­pe­ti­tion and the de­mands that there are on a driver, you can’t imag­ine what it is like.

“Ev­ery­body wants a bit of the driv­ers over the race week­end – en­gi­neers, spon­sors, the team, the public, the me­dia, ev­ery­one. Just walk­ing from the garage to the back of the truck can be hard be­cause you are stopped every sec­ond. You don’t have time to go to a quiet cor­ner and think about things. You have to learn how to think about your racing in the mid­dle of all of that, which is hugely in­tim­i­dat­ing. To be able to tune that skill, to jump in the car and just bang in a quick time is a real skill. It is a tough ask and it takes time to get the hang of.

“He has al­ways been quick, but it is about the fo­cus. Ev­ery­thing has im­proved with Tom, as you would ex­pect with a younger driver. He has learned so much about the car and par­tic­u­larly the tyres and when to get the most from them. Tom does make mis­takes, but the im­pres­sive thing is that he doesn’t make the same mis­takes twice. That is re­ally telling.”

Dick has pushed team to the top

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