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BTCC legend Menu is ready to win at Snetterton

Saturday, July 26 2014

Returning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship legend Alain Menu is enjoying his comeback season, which resumes at Snetterton next weekend (2/3 August).

The Swiss double champion is particularly impressed with the job that Team BMR has done with the VW Passat, which made its team debut in the hands of boss Warren Scott at the Norfolk circuit one year ago. "The team BMR Passat has been more competitive from the first race than I expected it to be," he said. "The team did a good job considering it was a project starting pretty much from scratch. I have had no issues with it but if we can get more grip out of the front axle from now till the end of the season we could give the front running cars and drivers a run for their money."

The BTCC veteran has also gelled well with team mates Aron Smith and Jack Goff, and the battle between the three has been close on several occasions: "I do enjoy working with young, hungry and fast guys and these two fall into that category! They keep me on my toes and on top of that we get on well, they both have nice personalities."

The car has provided Alain with a platform from which he has been able demonstrate the fighting skills that he was renowned for during the 90s Supertouring era. Results have been inconsistent, however, and he has yet to stand on the podium. "I have been unlucky so far," he admits. "My results should have been better than they have, Croft being another example..."

The Yorkshire weekend promised much for Alain, and whilst he may not have challenged Rob Collard for third place in race two, a charge through the field ended in a clash with old team mate Jason Plato. It left him starting the weekend's finale at the back, and the 50-year-old feels that this was a missed opportunity: "As we walked out of the Parc Fermé area after race three, Jason did indeed apologise and it sounded genuine. It's done and dusted now, we cannot change the course of things although we would have had a good chance of a top three finish in race three if it wasn't for that incident in race two."

Since then Alain's been busy, even getting a racing fix during the five-week break: "I travelled to Argentina for the 200km of Buenos Aires racing for Chevrolet Argentina for the eighth time. I shared the car with Franco Vivian, a young and fast up and coming Argentinian driver and we finished 13th and a lap down due to a mechanical issue during the race. Otherwise, it's been business as usual..."

That business includes preparing to race on the Snetterton 300 circuit, one of two tracks that Alain did not race on in the 90s. He has, however, tested there: "They did a good job, the new circuit is OK," is his summary. He's just as matter-of-fact when asked whether he thinks he can win in his comeback season, answering with a simple: "Yes."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton are available from £26, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.