Fan-funded race team YourRacingCar.com enjoyed a successful debut in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone, with Phil Glew securing three finishes for the team at its home race.
Having agreed a deal with Special Tuning UK to move into the BTCC for the Silverstone weekend as part of bigger plans to compete in the series full-time in 2011, the team enjoyed a successful outing both on and off track, even though a penalty in the final race prevented Glew from securing a point-scoring finish.
Starting 19th after a driveshaft issue in qualifying, Glew took 14th place in race one in what was the first race for the NGTC-powered SEAT Leon – the first car other than the Vauxhall Vectra to run the new engine.
Glew followed that up with 13th in race two before a drive-through penalty in race three prevented him from bringing home a top ten finish – having run as high as ninth.
With a number of other drivers having escaped penalty for running wide at Copse – the same thing Glew was punished for – there was disappointment at failing to score although the weekend as whole proved to be a success for the team as it plans for the future.
“It has definitely been a productive weekend for us,” he said. “We knew it wasn't going to be easy and it was frustrating to start with as we had some niggles with the car, but we have done well to get into a position where we were able to fight for points. It's just disappointing that we have been penalised for running wide when others have done the same and nothing happened. Personally, there was nothing I could do to prevent it as we were suffering from understeer with the car and I was drifting wide as a result.
“I hope my performances have been well received by the YRC members and I think things have gone better than we expected them to from the weekend as a whole. It's just disappointing that we didn't get a points finish to reward the team and everyone who has worked so hard in recent weeks to make this happen.”
Hannah James, the driving force behind the initiative, admitted that she too had mixed emotions about the weekend given the on-track penalty.
“The result of the final race is a disappointment as I feel like we were robbed of a top ten finish, but the weekend as a whole has been everything that we hoped for from the BTCC and more besides,” she said. “The support from the YRC members has been fantastic and the sponsors who have been with us for the weekend have all been impressed by what they have seen. The guys from Special Tuning have been brilliant with the car and Phil has done exactly what we expected behind the wheel.
“We owe massive thanks to Talent Works, Glasurit, WD-40, 3 in 1, SEATCupra.net, Special Tuning and all the YRC members – old and new – for making this possible. We will now sit down and look at what we have learned from this weekend and continue to work on our plans for 2011 but this isn't the last you'll see of YRC in the BTCC!”