Slidesports upcoming driver Christie Doran is targeting the VAG Trophy Class B title this season after a strong end to the 2016 season. Doran, who ended the year in impressive fashion by taking a pair of wins in the season finale at Castle Combe, is returning to driver her VW Golf in what is set to be the most competitive Class B field in recent times. Speaking of her return to the series, Christie added “This will be a tough season. Regulation changes mean there will be a number of top drivers trying out Class B this year. I finished last season on a real high – with pole position, two wins and two fastest laps at Castle Combe. But I need to be back to that level straight away. It has been a long close season but we are ready to go”.
In preparation for the season ahead, Christie has taken part in a number of test sessions to re-familiarise with the car. Speaking of the tests, Slidesports team manager Mark Jenkins said “We did a pre-season shakedown and she got rid of the rust and put in some good times. Then she has gone to Rockingham – where she has never raced before – and was really impressive. She has settled into the car far quicker than last year and that is a sign of the progress she is making”. However, Mark also alluded to the fact that Class B is set to be a tough test, adding “I believe Class B will be the most competitive it has been. It will be tough to win but Christie knows she has a good car that is capable of winning – she has proved that”. Despite the strength of her competitors, Mark still believes Doran has a good shot at the title by saying “I would hope she will be battling for podiums everywhere, getting wins and having a say in the championship”.
Along with her team, Christie’s sponsors are vital to her success and being able to use the facilities at Macdonald Inchyra Hotel and Spa have enabled Christie to build up her fitness levels ahead of the opening weekend. Speaking of her training regime, Doran commented “I have been working really hard in the gym at Inchrya. The programme they have devised has made me heavier, but it is all muscle. I need to be light but strong so it does not affect the weight of the car”. Christie is also sponsored by Advance Construction Scotland, Complete Cleaning, Draper Tools and Tunnock’s. Speaking of her gratitude, Doran said “Their support means so much. They have faith, now it’s up to me to deliver. I have been itching to get started now I can’t wait for the weekend. Christie is optimistic, but realistic heading into another competitive VAG Trophy campaign and believes success will be based around consistency by adding “Slidesports are the best around. They have given me another stunning car. A good championship will be about good driving and score consistent points. The best points are for a win so that’s what we are aiming for”.
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