The annual BTCC Season Launch is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the motorsport season, and offers the first glimpses of the new cars and drivers set to do battle in Britain’s most ferociously fought car racing championship.

The off-season saw plenty of changes, notably the Team BMR squad inking a deal with Subaru, giving champion drivers Jason Plato and Colin Turkington a fresh challenge. Rule changes over the winter also means that a shake-up in the competitive order is likely, and with many drivers switching teams.

Dan and the team worked exceptionally hard to get the new TOCA engine in to the car, as it was only delivered two days prior to the launch. Dan worked a couple of late nights, which included a 4am finish on the morning he was due to take part in all the ‘Media Day’ frivolities!

Supporters and sponsors were on hand to witness the first taste of speed at Donington Park. As the circuit opened, the Proton took to the track with no new tyres or brakes, for the first test with the TOCA engine. During shake down, Dan noticed a welcome injection of speed on the straights, and the car felt good. Team, sponsor and supporter morale was high throughout the day, brought on by a superb reaction to the unveiling of the new livery that has set social media on fire!

Throughout the afternoon a total of five red flag periods halted proceedings and there were also several drivers that didn’t take part. However, The Team, now making up ‘Goodestone Racing’ managed to sort a lot of initial teething problems, with the focus then being on the first round at Brands.

Dan Welch racing for Goodestone Racing in the 2016 BTCC