Team Aon chief Mike Earle admits his team needs to find a solution to its current problems – and find them quickly – after another frustrating weekend in the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton.
After a challenging debut with its still-developing Ford Focus STs at Brands Hatch, the team was hoping for improvements in Hampshire, but was aware it faced an uphill struggle at the quickest circuit on the calendar.
Both Tom Chilton and Alan Morrison once again found themselves lacking straight-line speed, with the Focus amongst the slowest cars through the speed traps, and qualified down in 19th and 21st on the grid.
For Morrison, race day failed to yield a finish from the three races, while Chilton managed a best of 15th before he was forced to retire from race three after a coming together with Dan Eaves.
It leaves both drivers looking for their first points of the year, and the team with work to do to bring the cars up to speed.
“This has been an extremely trying weekend,” he said. “We have a specific problem which we are endeavouring to resolve and although we knew this would be a difficult venue for us, we didn't expect to end up where we did.
“Obviously there has been a bit of bad luck at times for both our cars and drivers, but we need to analyse what we have learnt here, come up with solutions and come up with them quickly.”