#50 Honda Civic Type R TCR
“We had a really good day. We got through quite a few things we wanted to try,” said D’Alberto.
“The car was much better than when we raced here last year. We’ve made a bit of an improvement with the set up and our philosophy. With the set up, it was nice to be the quickest today. It does mean a lot. Obviously we’re happy about it, but we know there’s a huge amount of work to do.
“Everybody is impressed with the changes they’ve made to Turns 3 and 4. It has opened up that corner and its given the drivers a little bit more lee way to explore a little bit more. Before in the exit at three, if you dropped a wheel, you’re just toast. It gives you that chance to explore a little bit more, use a bit more road and if you don’t quite get it right, you’re not going to be in the fence. I really like those changes they’ve made. It makes turn four allow the car to flow.”
#11 Hyundai i30 N TCR
“I definitely ended the season really well last year and we want to come out punching this year,” said Morcom.
“My focus is to just improve my driving and really got my head around these cars. I’ve been working on it in the off season.
“We’ve done a few tweaks and refined some areas and we’re definitely showing some gains already. We’re looking really strong for the year. “
“I reckon the new kerbing is awesome. The track is safer, it is faster but the most important is that its safer to stay off the walls, and those sausage curves just damage those cars.”
#17 Peugeot 308 TCR
“We got a a couple laps at Sandown in the Peugeot a few weeks ago, but it rained, so put it in the truck and came home,” said Bargwanna.
“Today, we could feel the tyre and get some good clean laps. I was able to start to explore where the grip is and it started to bring back memories of the old Mini days when I raced them around.
“I was really happy with it, how we tuned up the car quite well on the old tyre. We put on a better tyre and it did a good time. It’s very close, it’s good.”