Rookies reflect on Goodyear Tyre Test

6th July 2023

On Tuesday (4 July), the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship headed to its annual Goodyear Tyre Test, at the Donington Park GP Circuit.

20 BTCC regulars were on-track, testing out different set-ups, as well as the GP layout for the first time since 2002.

On top of this, Team HARD. introduced two rookies – Daryl DeLeon and Nathan Harrison – into the fold for the day, giving them valuable track time and the opportunity to try their hand behind the wheel of a BTCC drive.

Read what they had to say about the experience below...

Daryl DeLeon: "Driving a BTCC car on Tuesday just simply felt unreal. It was such a special feeling – I cannot even describe it.

"Leaving the pit lane with the limiter, the different engine maps, FWD, going through the gears, this was all a new experience to me.

"It was an amazing day and I would just like to thank everyone involved for allowing me to do this, as it is such a unique opportunity!"

Nathan Harrison: "What an experience Tuesday was! It was nice to finally get back out in a race car after nine months of not racing.

"The British Touring Car Championship is something I’ve all ways wanted to do – my junior career has been moulded around it. From racing in the Clio cup and Mini Challenge, to being in a front wheel drive, it’s something that I’ve always known I want to pursue.

"Moving to Porsche Carrera Cup for the last two years has been amazing experience but to finally jump back into a front wheel drive with Team HARD. was a great experience.

"The Cupra Leon was a great car to drive. A massive thank you to everyone who was involved in making yesterday happen." © 2024
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