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Forster remain realistic ahead of BTCC debut

'The first aim is to finish, and then we'll build from there' states Forster Motorsport's Martin Depper ahead of BTCC bow
Forster Motorsport's Martin Depper insists that the team isn't getting carried away with its expectations heading into the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.

The team will move up from the MINI Challenge for the new season to run cars for Depper and Arthur Forster, with the pair having already spent time on track at the wheel of an ex-Mat Jackson car prior to Christmas.

The pair are due to resume testing at the end of the month ahead of the opening rounds of the season at Thruxton, and Depper insisted the team was keeping its feet on the ground when setting goals for the year ahead.

“We'll be back on track at the end of January and will be doing as much testing as we can,” he said. “The idea is to get as much track time as is possible as we still have some handling work we need to sort out, and then we need to get our heads down so we are where we want to be, which is competitive within the grid.

“The BTCC is tough and is very competitive and it certainly isn't for the faint-hearted. The first objective for us is to finish the races and we are being realistic with our objectives. We'll set different targets as we go on, but to start with we want to be on the grid, be competitive and finish the races. Then we'll build our pace from there and start to come through the grid.”

Forster's decision to make the step up to the BTCC comes ahead of a switch to new regulations for the series in 2011, but Depper confirmed that the team was committed to running its S2000 BMW for the next two seasons.

“We are looking for at least the next two seasons with the BMW,” he said. “We'll look at the new rules and see what is coming out, but we plan to be in the BMW for 2010 and 2011.”



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