Senna set for British Touring Car debut

Picture by David Holland
Picture by David Holland

Bridlington’s Senna Proctor will make his debut in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2017, following in the footsteps of his father Mark who competed in the series a decade ago.

Having finished as runner-up in the Ginetta Junior Championship for 2015 and competing in the Renault UK Clio Cup in 2016 he will now be driving the new Vauxhall Astra with Power Maxed Racing.

Senna Proctor

Senna Proctor

Proctor said: “The realisation that I will be lining up on the BTCC grid has not sunk in yet, let alone that I will be racing for a manufacturer.

“For that manufacturer to be Vauxhall is almost too good to be true. I cannot wait to get behind the wheel of the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra to perfect my craft in the top flight of British motorsport.

“This move has probably come a year earlier than planned, but when you are offered an opportunity like this you don’t turn it down.”

He said: “I know I will have to work very hard to gain the respect of my fellow competitors, some of the best touring car drivers in the world.

Picture by David Holland

Picture by David Holland

“I am under no illusions about the challenge that lies ahead and will approach it with the seriousness it deserves.”

Proctor was entrusted for the car’s first outing during a Donington Park General Test Day, the first time the car had ever been fired up.

Proctor said: “The car felt fantastic straight out of the box. It’s the first touring car I’ve driven and it’s been a big steep learning curve but a lot better than anything else I’ve ever driven. Having Tom (Chilton) as a teammate can only benefit me, he’s a wealth of experience.

“He’s been racing in touring cars since the day I was born, he’s still young and I’m obviously very young, but with Tom and myself in the team I think it’s going to be a very good year.”

Picture by David Holland

Picture by David Holland

With overcast skies for most of the media day, held once again around the 1.98 mile Donington circuit, saw Proctor get in 16 laps, with many visits to the pits to alter the set-up of the car.

He achieved a best time of 1min 11.26secs only 1.26secs off the fastest time of the day and he finished in 23rd overall.

The championship will open up around the 1.2-mile Brands Hatch Indy Circuit on April 1 and 2.