BTCC: Brands Hatch testing 96-04-15

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Brands Hatch, 15/4/96 VOLVO drivers Rickard Rydell and Kelvin Burt topped the timesheets at Brands Hatch this afternoon (Monday) in initial testing for this weekend's double rounds...

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Brands Hatch, 15/4/96 VOLVO drivers Rickard Rydell and Kelvin Burt topped the timesheets at Brands Hatch this afternoon (Monday) in initial testing for this weekend's double rounds of the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship. Swede Rydell lopped more than three-tenths of a second from his own qualifying record for the 1.2-mile Kent track, hotly pursued by Burt and Renault drivers Alain Menu and Will Hoy.

In an incident-packed official test day, several drivers suffered mishaps, notably BMW's Roberto Ravaglia, the Italian severely damaging his car in a crash at Paddock Hill Bend. Rydell was also in trouble: immediately after posting the quickest time of the day he was in collision with the Toyota of privateer Lee Brookes, both cars sustaining light damage.

Audi's John Bintcliffe was another to spin into the barriers -- albeit lightly -- as did the Nissans of Gary Ayles and Owen McAuley. Championship leader Frank Biela was absent from the test, the Audi team leader undergoing surgery in his native Germany for a minor back complaint. He will be in action for final testing on Friday. Rounds three and four of the 1996 Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship are at Brands Hatch on Sunday (Apr 21). TOP TESTING TIMES 1 Rickard Rydell (Swe), Volvo 850, 45.557s, 95.11mph/153.06kmh; 2 Kelvin Burt (GB), Volvo 850, 45.699s; 3 Alain Menu (Switz), Renault Laguna, 45.714s; 4 Will Hoy (GB), Renault Laguna, 45.844s; 5 Paul Radisich (NZ), Ford Mondeo, 45.921s; 6 Jo Winkelhock (Ger), BMW 320i, 45.937s; 7 James Thompson (GB), Vauxhall Vectra, 46.041s; 8 John Bintcliffe (GB), Audi A4, 46.045s; 9 John Cleland (GB), Vauxhall Vectra, 46.046s; 10 James Kaye (GB), Honda Accord, 46.144s; 11 David Leslie (GB), Honda Accord, 46.210s; 12 Tim Harvey (GB), Peugeot 406, 46.349s.

-- Official BTCC website: Best in British Motor Sport http://www.demon.co.uk/racing

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