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Q&A: Dave Pinkney – EXCLUSIVE.

Having made his return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship last season with Motorbase Performance, Dave Pinkney has joined forces with Richard Marsh to form his own team for 2007.

The new team, A-Tech, will field a brace of Alfa Romeo 156s during the coming season and Crash.net Radio spoke to Pinkney to find out more…

Q:
Dave, these are pretty interesting plans you've announced for the season ahead.

Dave Pinkney:
Yeah fabulous plans. What got me back into touring cars last year was the Integra, which was a competitive car – albeit a year old and a year old in its specification. But we had a blinding year and were offered the Alfa deal last September. The 156 was leading the WTCC going into the last round in Macau so it's all very exciting.

Q:
There was a lot of people who wanted to get hold of these cars, so you must be delighted to have been chosen.

Dave Pinkney:
One of the reasons is obviously Gary Ayles, who has lived in Italy and done Italian Touring Cars. One of the other reasons is that I drove one of Gary's cars about three years ago and was very quick in it and the Italians were there and were impressed by it – which was good. We've sort of spoken ever since so when the deal came up that two cars were available for the UK, we were on their list as were plenty of others, but we persevered and got our heads down and ended up with a deal.

Q:
How important is it for the new season that these are new cars to '07 specification and not older cars that have been raced previously?

Dave Pinkney:
I think it's huge. We have got two brand new cars with new chassis and new engines, it's all brand new. It's hugely important as anything that was learned on the WTCC circus last year will be on these two cars that are coming.

Q:
Does this deal put pressure on you as Alfa Romeo will possibly be watching on to decide if they make a comeback as a works team?

Dave Pinkney:
That is the plan, they will be watching us to consider possibly coming in as a works team in 2008 so the pressure is huge. The problem we have is that we haven't got the cars yet [this interview was recorded prior to the pictured car arriving in the country] and we don't know what testing we will get done before Brands Hatch so we don't expect to do particularly well in the opening rounds. But they know that is how it is.

Q:
Once you are bedded into the car and have it how you want it, your aim is surely on fighting at the front and going for victories…

Dave Pinkney:
Very much so. This car, compared to the Honda, will be the latest spec and we expect to be fighting for podiums.

Q:
And the biggest question of all – how much pink will it have on it?

Dave Pinkney:
Unfortunately not a lot. That's the one problem with Alfa Romeo, they expect the cars to be in Alfa Romeo red. It's a shame really, but I'll get some in somewhere!

Q:
You can't risk alienating all the Italian's really…

Dave Pinkney:
No but it's fabulous, the fans like it, I like it and it has always worked and got a big following.


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