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Hynes Predicts Progress After Brands Hatch BTCC Debut
Posted by: newsla on Apr 02, 2014 - 04:11 PM
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Hynes Predicts Progress After Brands Hatch BTCC Debut


Brands Hatch, Kent 30th March 2014 - Marc Hynes started a new chapter in his motor racing career at Brands Hatch last weekend when the Quantel Biford-backed charger took part in the first three races in the hugely popular British Touring Car Championship at the wheel of an MG6.

 

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The Londoner, a former champion in Formula Three, said that his baptism in the category – which features saloon cars powered by two-litre turbocharged engines – wasn’t what he had hoped for but he says that he is optimistic of climbing up the grid as the season progresses.

The 36-year-old had restricted practice time before the all-important qualifying session with an engine problem. Nevertheless, he battled his way on to the eighth row of the grid but a power steering problem as the cars set off for the start meant he was destined for the pits and retirement.

In the second race, in which Marc had to start from the back row after his earlier retirement, he was penalised for a clash with another competitor while trying to fight his way through the 29 cars ahead. In the third race, an early knock meant his steering was askew and it rooted the Dunlop rubber before the end of the 27 laps. He came home in 18th place in his hampered machine.

“It certainly wasn’t the on-track impression I wanted to make,” said Hynes. “I enjoyed the racing – and I was on a charge in race two and was able to make up some places before my incident and really enjoyed the battles – but it has shown me just how competitive the category is. My team worked tirelessly over the weekend and I would like to thank them for their effort. I have things to learn but I was never going to come into this and run at the front straight away. That would have meant it was too easy, and the reason anyone goes motor racing is for a challenge.

“I felt the penalty in race two was fair, these are all things I need to learn to cope with as my new tin-top career progresses.”

Despite the frustrating on-track performances, Hynes says he is full of optimism for the next rounds of the series, which take place at Donington Park on April 19/20. It is one of Hynes’s favourite UK tracks.

“It is an excellent circuit and I have rarely been beaten there – although it is a whole different prospect in the British touring car,” he added. “The great thing about the championship is the buzz that my partners and the fans get from the racing. I love being among the 35,000 race-goers, and we will be right at the heart of the public areas at Donington Park. The access in the British Touring Car Championship is unprecedented and supporters get a real insight into what goes on during a race weekend. I love being able to show people exactly what we are up to and I am desperate to given them something to cheer about.”

The next rounds of the championship on Sunday, April 20 will be broadcast live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD.


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