Brands Hatch: Pinkney Motorsport preivew

The Pinkney Motorsport team is working hard to prepare for the upcoming Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting at Brands Hatch following a disappointing race weekend at Rockingham. The team headed to the Northamptonshire venue...

The Pinkney Motorsport team is working hard to prepare for the upcoming Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting at Brands Hatch following a disappointing race weekend at Rockingham.

The team headed to the Northamptonshire venue keen to build on the triple points finish secured during the season opener at Thruxton, but instead came away from the weekend with work to do after Harpenden-racer David Pinkney was fired off circuit by one of his rivals in the final race.

Pinkney qualified 13th on the grid at the wheel of his Vauxhall Vectra but lost out in the opening race after electing to start on wet tyres following morning rain. As the circuit dried, David was forced to pit for dry tyres but had dropped too far down the order to recover, although he did put in a series of good lap times following the switch to slicks.

Having finished 16th in race two, David headed into race three looking to secure a top ten finish and made a strong start before being hit by the Honda of Matt Hamilton as he turned into the right hander at Chapman.

That contact saw David pushed into the Chevrolet of Alex MacDowall, putting both cars out of the race and leaving the Vectra with substantial damage to both the right and left sides.

With only a week between Rockingham and Brands Hatch, the team is now working hard to repair the car in time for the third round of the year.

"It ultimately proved to be a disappointing weekend," team manager Andrew Dean said. "The car showed some good pace when we switched to slick tyres in the opening race but things didn't end up the way we wanted them to when David was taken out of race three.

"You never want to come away from a weekend with a lot of damage to repair, but especially not when there is only a week between races. There is always a risk that you can get caught up in an accident, but with such a short turnaround between Rockingham and Brands Hatch, you'd hope people would drive with their heads.

"Instead there is a lot to be done in a short space of time and the team is working hard to repair the damage in time for this weekend."

-source: pinkney motorsport

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