NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Brands Hatch, 29/6/96 ALAIN MENU and the Williams-Renault team underlined their strong testing form with a virtuoso display at Brands Hatch today (Saty), claiming a pole position double for tomorrow's twin rounds of the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship -- and making up for their sister F1 team's failure to capture pole in the French Grand Prix. In qualifying for the 13th round of the BTCC, Menu, last year's championship runner-up, lapped the Grand Prix layout of the Kent track in a time of 1m 27.975s -- well ahead of championship leader Frank Biela's Audi (1m 28.759s). Menu's team-mate, 1991 Champion Will Hoy, was fourth fastest, behind the Volvo of Rickard Rydell. Qualifying for round 14 of the series saw Menu again snatching the pole, this time with Hoy second quickest. Menu's time was 1m 27.788s -- two-tenths ahead of Hoy's. OFFICIAL QUALIFYING: ROUND 13 1 Alain Menu (Switz), Renault Laguna, 1m 27.975s; 2 Frank Biela (Ger), Audi A4, 1:28.759; 3 Rickard Rydell (Swe), Volvo 850, 1:28.773; 4 Will Hoy (GB), Renault Laguna, 1:28.775. OFFICIAL QUALIFYING: ROUND 14 1 Menu, 1:27.788; 2 Hoy, 1:28.032; 3 Rydell, 1:28.331; 4 Leslie, 1:28.333.
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