Returning champion Alain Menu says that the opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday will be a voyage of discovery.
The Swiss driver, 50, won the championship driving a Renault Laguna in 1997 and then took the title again in a Ford Mondeo in 2000. He has been tempted back to the United Kingdom to drive the Team BMR Volkswagen CC, which has been built by the RML outfit.
Menu has only had four testing sessions ahead of the season but he says that he needs more seat time to get on top of the handling of the two-litre turbocharged car. “We haven’t done enough testing mileage, but I think the base is good and the car handles OK, even though I don’t think I have enough grip,” said Menu.
“It is hard for me to tell exactly where we are in terms of pace though, because I don’t have much experience of the Next Generation Touring Cars apart from the half-a-day test that I did with Team Dynamics last season [when Menu was on standby to replace the injured Matt Neal]. I have not practiced the starts, I have not done a long run and there are lots of things that we have yet to get on top of.”