Today, Donington Park hosted a general test day for teams from a range of UK based racing series. Carlin Motorsport (FIA British Formula 4), Ciceley Motorsport, Laser Tools Racing (both British Touring Car Championship), in addition to several cars from the Renault Cilo Cup UK, attended to gain valuable data and practice for the forthcoming season.
Carlin Motorsport ran four cars at the test. Jamie Caroline – who finished 10th in last season’s British F4 championship for Fortec Motorsport – isn’t confirmed on the entry list for this years championship. However, the two parties are believed to be negotiating a deal at the time of press.
Clocking up the miles alongside him were Patrik Pasma, Lucas Alecco Roy and Logan Sergant, the latter who finished 2nd in the 2016-17 UAE Formula 4 Championship. These three drivers are confirmed to drive for Carlin in 2017.
Patrik Pasma (FIN; top left), Jamie Caroline (GBR; top right), Lucas Alecco Roy (DEU; bottom left) and Logan Sergant (USA; bottom right) testing the Ford powered Carlin cars ahead of the 2017 British Formula 4 Championship.
Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan and Laser Tool Racing’s Aiden Moffat will both be driving in the Mercedes A-Class again for 2017 in the BTCC, with both teams focusing on reliability.
One mechanic from Ciceley Motorsport told me that although they experienced “minor issues with the layout mapping”, the test was successful.
British drivers Adam Morgan (left) and Aiden Moffat getting to grips with the Mercedes A-Class ahead of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship.
Drivers from the Renault Cilo Cup UK – support series to the BTCC – were present, most notably Max Coates, who finished 3rd last season with one win and four further podiums.
Max Coates on the pit straight ahead of the upcoming Renault Cilo Cup UK campaign.
In addition to this, there were track day cars present as well, most notably a Williams FW07C which was used by Mario Andretti for US West Grand Prix in 1982. Alongside this included a Chevrolet Camaro Z28, a Mercedes AMG GT3 and a Brabham BT41.
The Williams FW07C (top left), Mercedes AMG GT (top right), Chevrolet Camaro Z28 (bottom left) and the Brabham BT41 (bottom right)