Hot rodder in Speedworks test
Multiple hot rod world champ Carl Boardley will test Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship team Speedworks Motorsport’s Toyota Avensis at his home circuit of Snetterton this Friday.
Ipswich racer Boardley last decade became the first driver in history to win four successive national hot road world finals titles.
But despite huge success in oval competition he is keen to move to circuit racing and his test with Speedworks – on his 37th birthday – is being taken seriously. The test, in Tony Hughes's car (pictured) had originally been scheduled for Donington Park tomorrow (Thurs) but has had to be switched to Snetterton on Friday…
“My aim of getting on to the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship grid is a serious one and is a priority in terms of assembling the budget required,” commented Boardley.
He added: “Christian and Amy Dick at Speedworks Motorsport have been extremely helpful in discussing my options for next year and we are already in talks with some major companies to get our budget together. The chance to work with a professional team is something we are all extremely excited about.”
Boardley will become the third different driver in just over a week to test with Speedworks – BTCC aces Dave Newsham and Lea Wood both drove its Toyota at Donington six days ago.
Team principal Christian Dick told btcc.net: “Next year will mark our third season in the BTCC and we’ve certainly grown as a team in 2012 in terms of size, confidence and results. Interest in the BTCC is growing all the time as is the desire among new drivers to race the newer, more spectacular NGTC machines so why not look at the options available in the ‘off-season’?
“Last week we tried two experienced and very good touring car drivers in Dave and Lea as we evaluate our plans for 2013. Now we’re looking forward to seeing how Carl, extremely successful in another form of motor sport, gets on in a BTCC car.”