Thorney Insignia for Gilham
Tony Gilham will race Thorney Motorsport’s NGTC-spec Vauxhall Insignia in this weekend’s (11/12 August) Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship round at Snetterton.
Gilham believes he and his Team HARD. crew can help Thorney to further develop its Insignia while accruing valuable NGTC experience for themselves – their plan is to switch to the newer cars for 2013.
Meanwhile American Robb Holland will make his BTCC debut in HARD.’s S2000-spec Honda Civic which Gilham has raced so far in 2012.
Gilham told btcc.net: “John Thorne (Thorney team boss and regular driver) has a big sponsor lined up for the future and it’d be nice to try and help him move the car closer to the front-running pace, plus it keeps my face on the grid which is good for my sponsors. It’ll also be valuable NGTC experience for everyone within Team HARD. as that’s the route for us in the future… we hope to have a considerable presence on the grid next season.
“I won’t see the Insignia until the first practice session on Saturday morning but the aim will be to steadily work away at the set-up and keep chipping away at the lap times.”
He added: “It’s obviously going to be a very busy weekend for me, driving the Insignia and overseeing Robb’s debut in our Civic but I’ve drafted in extra staff to ensure it all runs smoothly. It’s important Robb is properly looked after on his first outing with us – I am sure he is going to be competitive.”
Gilham will continue to run with his regular number 34 with Holland having been allocated no.35.