The AmD Milltek Racing.com team will hope to secure its first points finish in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship when the series heads to Donington Park this weekend for the second round of the season.
The VW team enjoyed a solid start to the season at Brands Hatch after Tom Onslow-Cole secured a best finish of twelfth and lapped the Indy circuit six-tenths of a second quicker than the car had managed in the past.
Having completed a test back at Brands Hatch ahead of the second round of the season, former Team Aon driver Onslow-Cole now heads to Donington keen to open his points account for the season and give the team a first top ten finish.
“We made some good steps forward in the test, although we still have more work to do in practice when we get to Donington Park,” he said. “We were able to make progress with the chassis and are confident about what we need to do to find more straight line speed, which we were lacking in the Brands Hatch race weekend.
“Heading to Donington, it would be nice if we could get into the points and score the first top ten finish for the Volkswagen, but it is impossible to know exactly where we stand until we hit the track and see how our rivals are performing.”
The test at Brands Hatch came after the team's new NGTC turbo engine underwent further work at engine builder Lehmann's – with a series of changes then being worked on during the team's mid-week test before heading north.
“The engine went back to Lehmann after Brands Hatch and was tested, and we found a few areas where we can improve,” team boss Shaun Hollamby said. “We were able to work on a few things with the car during our test at Brands Hatch, and we are hopeful that we can be even more competitive at Donington Park and push towards the top ten. The ultimate aim this season is to be a regular contender for points, and with further improvements to the package that we have planned, there is no reason we won't be able to do that.
“Donington Park last season was probably one of the best weekends we had with the Volkswagen when it was running in its older specification, so with more power from the turbo engine, we're confident of a strong run this time around.”