Team PSP's new 2003 BTCC challenger is set for its first run later this week, having received an intensive make-over being built at its Norfolk base during the winter months.

The all-new Proton Impian is developed from the car that took David Leslie and Team Petronas Syntium Proton to four podium places in 2002, and will feature changes to all elements of the car. In all, the new car will feature a new roll cage design, revisions to the body aero kit, new front and rear suspension designs and modifications to the internal engine configuration.

"The new car incorporates all that the team learned last year and some fresh thinking as well - all within the very tight BTCC regulations," tea principal David Wong confirmed, "This should give us a great platform for ongoing development - and give David Leslie and Phil Bennett a bigger stick to beat the opposition with."

"We surpassed our goals last season, so our aim of achieving wins this year is higher and tougher," Leslie added, "I'm really looking forward to giving the car its shakedown so that [team-mate] Phil [Bennett] and I can get into a sensible development programme before the season kicks off."

The 2003 BTCC season gets underway in Ireland, at Mondello Park, on 21 April.

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