The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) has just ended for 2011 season a month ago and the Proton Gen-2 (or Persona), via Welch Motorsports, made their debut during the middle of the season in August 2011. Their progress in the BTCC is best described as mixed with high and low moments, from their biggest moment when they placed at top 5 once on practice seasons, while on the low side, they have a few DNFs due to mechanical issues.
The Proton Gen-2, prepared by Welch Motorsports, is running on a standardized NGTC engine, introduced this year by the organizer to have a fair competitive 2 little turbocharged engines at an affordable cost to attract more manufacturer participations.
In the last race at Silverstone towards the end of October, driver Dan Welch scored their best finish at 10th place in the second race of three, earning them a single point for the driver and the team. Despite that, the 29-year old wasn’t wholly satisfied believing his Welch Motorsport team’s Proton Gen-2, built to the championship’s Next Generation Touring Car technical regulations, was capable of mixing it in the top six in all three races.
Quoted from the driver: “It’s good to finally get a top ten result, but I think we deserved it a bit earlier. We should have had three finishes in the points at Silverstone but there wasn’t much we could have done in race one, starting from 21st on the grid.
“But we had good pace and I managed to get up to 11th, even though I was severely hampered by a relative lack of straight-line speed. I couldn’t attack those ahead of me and those behind were able to carry so much more momentum along the straights that they’d be all over me into the braking zones.”
Next year we’ll see the team field a two car challenge for the 2012 BTCC season and expect competition to be much tougher. The overall winner for the 2011 season is Matt Neal of the Honda Racing team. Until then, we wish Welch Motorsports a very best of luck for the coming BTCC season.