As the first race meeting of the new 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season gets under way this weekend, you’ll no doubt be excited to see who walks away with the first championship points. For you it’ll be the start of a new motorsport calendar, but for us it’ll be the culmination of months of testing and development. 

The winter has passed even faster this year as we’ve fought to get the car ready on time. There’s always a feeling of it being good to get going again, to leave behind the world of lap times and development and focus on what really matters: racing.

The truth is, each year testing gets harder because each season the car keeps improving. When we first started with the Honda Civic we could make big improvements quickly, but now with the car at the level that it is, finding even a tenth of a second can prove difficult. Someone asked me the other day how I’d react if a technician said he wanted to gain an extra second from the car. My reply? He’d be dreaming.

But that’s not to say we stand still for months on end waiting for the new season to start. In reality, preparation for the coming season started as the last race ended. We sat down as a team, set targets on where we wanted to improve, and asked ourselves how we would achieve them.