Mitchell treated BTCC debut weekend as test session

Former British GT Champion Jack Mitchell treated his British Touring Car Championship debut at Oulton Park as a test session.

Jack Mitchell was the replacement for who departed on the terms of personal reasons.

The 2018 British GT(4) Champion debuted into the BTCC seven years since he won the Ginetta Juniors title.

“This weekend was everything I expected and more,” he said.

“I think after qualifying it wasn’t a great result so being in 25th changed my expectations and I started treating the weekend as more of a test session.

“We started trying new things with the set up to try and help get the car to suit me and my driving style.

“In Race 1 (finishing P22), I was getting involved a little bit which was handy as I was getting a good feel for the race car and touring cars, which I’ve still got to get used to because there were still a few things like contact here and there and door-to-door action that I haven’t had for a few years.”

Mitchell said this close-quartered form of racing is an aspect he still needs to get used to with an 18-round season ahead of him.

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“In Race 2, I was pretty much on my own the entire time, we tried a different set up which didn’t work but at least we know now that this isn’t right for me and can work on something else.”

The final race started in dramatic fashion when a multi-car incident occurred at Cascades, two corners into the race.

Over six drivers were involved and five cars retired due to significant damage, including Mitchell who was caught up in the moment.

Race 3 wasn’t ideal and I suffered a DNF from quite a big crash into Cascades which was unavoidable for a lot of people.

“It was a shame as it wasn’t really how I wanted to end my touring car debut weekend, but all in all, I think I learnt a lot.

The next rounds on 14/15 August will be at Knockhill, one of the shortest and most intense circuits on the calendar.