Updated: Mar 30, 2022
Touring car returnee Michael Crees satisfied with first official run of 2022
Kent racer delivers productive mileage with No.777 Vauxhall Astra
Power Maxed Racing makes progress on consistent day at Donington
Vauxhall Astra racer Michael Crees made his first official appearance as a Power Maxed Racing driver on Tuesday, 29th March, during the opening official test of the 2022 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship pre-season at Donington Park National Circuit.
Putting together a productive day at the wheel of the unliveried No.777 car, 38-year-old ‘Creesy’ completed a total of 45 laps during the afternoon session at the 1.98-mile venue – having earlier only taken to the track for three installation laps during the fog-delayed morning session.
With 23 competitors taking part, the first group outing of the year for BTCC entrants featured a mix of drivers running the new-for-2022 TOCA Hybrid system and others – like Crees – taking to the track with regular combustion engines as used up until the end of last season. Lap times from the test day were largely irrelevant as drivers and teams embarked on differing schedules and programmes.
Ahead of the start of the new era of cleaner and greener competition within the UK’s biggest and best motor racing championship, Broadstairs racer Creesy is now targeting more steps forward with the Astra when testing resumes next week.
Supported for his BTCC return this year by Glencar Construction, Geberit, DDS Group, PCS, Fire Control Services, Hive, CTD, Blue Rock Systems, DGS and BITA, the former Jack Sears Trophy Champion is delighted to have been back on track as he acclimatises to the new surroundings of his Astra.
“It’s great to be back on track and we had a productive day, I was happy to get some good miles in and work on getting more and more comfortable in the car. The day was never about chasing lap times, it was purely for us to learn more about the Astra, how it behaves and understanding the car as much as possible.
“I’m really looking forward to the upcoming tests, especially Media Day, and then back to Donington for the first three races. It’s fantastic being back as part of the BTCC and, it goes without saying, a huge thank you to all of my sponsors for helping get me back here with the guys at Power Maxed.”
Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire will host the next official BTCC test on Wednesday, 6th April, ahead of the annual pre-season ‘Media Day’ at Thruxton in Hampshire on Wednesday, 13th April. Rounds one, two and three of the 2022 season will then take place at Donington on Sunday, 24th April.
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