Trackspeed Continues Testing
Poor old Piers Masarati has had the ‘flu – but he timed it well so that he and Matt Harris could fit in a day’s testing at Brands Hatch last week (February 15), before he was taken ill.

“It was really a test for Matt, who is going to test at most of the British GT tracks this year,” says the team manager (looking as though he has the first signs of 'flu already, below). “The exceptions are Mondello Park, Pau and Rockingham.

dailysportscar.com“I drove David Ashburn’s 996 in the morning – which for some reason is a slightly tricky car to set up. I set a benchmark, and Matt matched it in the afternoon.

“We ran a long time (80 laps) on one set of Avons, to see how they’ll stand up for the longer races this year. The good news is that they still looked pretty good.”

The Trackspeed crew is building up the car for Matt Harris / Miles Hulford right now – while the Ashburn / Ryan Hooker car at Brands was displaying the almost finished Trackspeed livery for this year.

dailysportscar.comAll three 996s will be similarly ‘attired’ this season – while the team is considering entering a Porsche 997 (in GT3) in some of this season’s British GT races.

In other Trackspeed news, the team’s base made the news in The Daily Telegraph today – because the former British Aerospace airfield at Dunsfold, also the home for the TV programme Top Gear, and its adventures with a variety of cars (and ‘celebrities’), may soon become the site of 2,500 new homes, rather than a test track.

Top Gear apparently wanted to shift their activities to Enstone in Oxfordshire, but didn’t receive the necessary planning permission – because local residents didn’t want to listen to noisy cars.

A very familar car was testing at Brands Hatch a few days before Trackspeed's visit - the former Hawthorns BMW Z3M Coupe, still with its dsc stickers. Dave Skelton will race this car this year, in the Britcar Production S1 events.

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