Audi Sport TT Cup racer Josh Caygill is making rapid progress in pre-season testing

The Netherton driver was in the top five in the Hockenheim race simulation

The 24-year-old was pleased with confidence boost ahead of opening round next month.

Beginning with two free practice runs, where Caygill lapped seventh and sixth fastest, the TT Cup competitors then embarked on a qualifying simulation and a race simulation.

Finishing fifth in the latter, where the top five cars all lapped with near identical pace, Caygill was very happy with his overall performance at the venue for the first two races of the new season and is determined to get the 2016 campaign off to a successful start just over three weeks from now.

“It was bang on”, reflected Caygill.

“We had two free practice sessions to try stuff out and then a qualifying simulation and a race simulation.

“In the FP1 session I was P7 and only 0.7 seconds off, and I didn’t use the push-to-pass which the quickest drivers did, so I was pleased with our pace.

“In FP2 I did use the boost and we were 0.6 seconds off and P6 so we know we’re there or thereabouts.

“In the qualifying simulation I didn’t put a good lap together unfortunately and, to be honest, I think I was trying a bit too hard and over-driving.

“I should’ve been in the top three really, that’s what the best sectors showed so we know the speed is there, but I was happy with fifth in the race.”