BTCC Media Day – Donington Park 2017

I beat my 5am wake up alarm by 5 minutes & turned it off before it woke the whole house… The body clock is a strange thing! Up & out for the 2 hour drive to BTCC Media Day – Donington Park 2017. The last time I was at Donington Park racing circuit was for a rally Dad was driving in. That time unfortunately I had not been able to acquire a Photo/Media pass from the organisers of the event. Today would be my first time with accreditation to the circuit, so I was really looking forward to it.

Two hours passed in no time thanks to a Ronnie’s Drive Thru breakfast & a spot of Chris Evans. Soon I was pulling into the Paddock car park & getting signed in.

Time to get the tabard on…

Order of the day was to be an introduction & interview with the Teams/Drivers in the Media Suite. This would then be followed by arranged photo sessions out on the track with the chance to see the car’s new liveries for this season. Then we were lead through the Pit Lane to the Start Line area for a photo session to get traditional ‘The Class of 2017’ shot & driver profile images. Once these were safely in the bag, it was back to the Media Centre for a very welcome buffet lunch & a coffee. The highlight of the day was to follow…

4hrs of Official Testing…

Bang on 1pm the garage doors opened & the noise of these incredible cars increased. Nosing out into overcast daylight they made their way out on to the track. The next 4 hours were a frenzy  of activity as the teams tried out set ups & tyres compounds. It didn’t go completely smoothly & the session was interrupted by several Red Flags to remove cars from the travel traps etc. The marshals & recovery crews did a fantastic job & the very minimum of time was lost before the cars were back out. A final Red Flag with just 20 minutes of the day remaining, made for an exciting final period. All cars were readied & queuing to squeeze the last flying seconds from their times. Top honours went to Tom Ingram in his Toyota Avensis.

If BTCC season launch day is anything to go by, the 2017 Championship is going to be awesome to watch!!

Thank you BTCC Media Day – Donington Park 2017 for your hospitality, see you next year.

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