Honda not worried missing Snetterton BTCC test will hurt title bid

Top British Touring Car squad Honda does not believe missing this week's official test at Snetterton will harm its title challenge

Honda not worried missing Snetterton BTCC test will hurt title bid

Honda/Team Dynamics currently leads both the manufacturers' and teams' tables, while Matt Neal is 19 points clear in the drivers' championship.

Most BTCC squads will be at Snetterton this week, but Honda will not be present.

Instead, it will test at the Norfolk venue later in the month, ahead of the BTCC race meeting there on August 3-4.

Dynamics boss Steve Neal confirmed organisers had agreed to waive the rule that prevents BTCC teams testing at a venue 30 days before a race there.

"It's mainly a time issue," he told AUTOSPORT. "It clashes with the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which isn't ideal.

"Our technical director Barry Plowman is on holiday too, so it's just not convenient.

"When we heard [Ciceley Racing Toyota driver] Adam Morgan had dispensation to test at Snetterton on July 24 we applied and got dispensation too."

Neal believes not testing at the same time as the other teams could even help Honda.

"If it's not going to be as hot for the race meeting, which it may not be, what are you going to gain?" he said.

"Test days with the mob are not good because it brings in a competitive element, which is not what you want. I want them to focus on set-up and testing."

shares
comments
Four drivers to try Team Hard's British Touring Car Vauxhall

Previous article

Four drivers to try Team Hard's British Touring Car Vauxhall

Next article

MGs dominate first day of BTCC Snetterton test

MGs dominate first day of BTCC Snetterton test
Load comments

About this article

Series BTCC
Teams BTC Racing
Author Kevin Turner
Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC Plus

Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC

It’s been a busy silly season in the BTCC since the chequered flag fell to end the 2020 campaign last November. While last year’s top two have stayed put, there’s plenty of talking points elsewhere, which should result in another fascinating year of tin-top action

BTCC
May 7, 2021
The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best Plus

The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best

The Lancashire squad of Ciceley Motorsport has been a BTCC race winner for several years with Adam Morgan and Mercedes. But the switch to WSR-built BMWs and addition of Tom Chilton as a true barometer for Morgan should see the team step up into title contention

BTCC
May 6, 2021
How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC Plus

How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC

After topping the times at the end of British Touring Car Championship pre-season testing, it feels like Gordon Shedden has never been away. But after plenty of changes behind the scenes, the three-time champion is bedding himself in to pick up where he left off

BTCC
May 5, 2021
Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out' Plus

Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out'

After a year of enforced absence from the British Touring Car Championship grid, Jason Plato is back and hungrier than ever. Despite stellar opposition and some familiar challenges, the two-time champion still has his eyes focused on the biggest prizes

BTCC
May 4, 2021
How Ingram's clean slate can end his BTCC title wait Plus

How Ingram's clean slate can end his BTCC title wait

After seven years together, Tom Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport have amicably split and gone down separate paths for the 2021 BTCC season. With engineer Spencer Aldridge joining him at the Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai squad, Ingram is confident he can challenge for titles from the off

BTCC
Apr 30, 2021
How the unlikely Capri-slaying Dolomite triumphed against adversary Plus

How the unlikely Capri-slaying Dolomite triumphed against adversary

The Dolomite Sprint was a potent giantkilling weapon during the 1970s in the British Saloon Car Championship, now known as the BTCC. Tin-top legend Andy Rouse explains how it became such a force

BTCC
Apr 25, 2021
The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years Plus

The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years

It’s four decades since one of UK motorsport’s most successful teams made its debut at Silverstone in British Formula 3. Now it’s top dog in the BTCC, time to blow out some candles with boss Dick Bennetts

BTCC
Mar 12, 2021
Why the BTCC elite should fear Shedden's return Plus

Why the BTCC elite should fear Shedden's return

OPINION: The British Touring Car Championship Lord taketh away Dan Cammish, then giveth Gordon Shedden. That means substituting what would have been a future champion with an all-time series great with a point to prove on his return

BTCC
Mar 11, 2021