BTCC: Donington testing

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Donington Park, September 5 RICKARD RYDELL this afternoon (Thurs) boosted his hopes of finishing as runner-up in the 1996 Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship after smashing...

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Donington Park, September 5 RICKARD RYDELL this afternoon (Thurs) boosted his hopes of finishing as runner-up in the 1996 Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship after smashing his own Donington Park qualifying record in official testing for Sunday's twin rounds of the championship.

Swede Rydell and his Volvo 850 lapped the Derby track in 1m 36.615s, more than a tenth of a second inside the mark he set there in April. With four races remaining, including Sunday's rounds 23 and 24, Rydell holds second place in the title fight, 19 points ahead of Renault's Alain Menu.

Menu posted seventh-quickest time today, just ahead of newly crowned BTCC Champion Frank Biela and his Audi. Second fastest, and top Brit, was Honda's David Accord, who edged out his team- mate James Kaye by five-hundredths of a second.

Sunday's double-header will also see the fight continued for manufacturer championship honours: Audi leads the battle with 257 points, with BMW second on 221 and Volvo third with 213. OFFICIAL TESTING TIMES DONINGTON PARK, 5/9/96 1 Rickard Rydell (Swe), Volvo 850, 1m 36.615s, 93.15mph; 2 David Leslie (GB), Honda Accord, 1:36.782; 3 James Kaye (GB), Honda Accord, 1:36.831; 4 James Thompson (GB), Vauxhall Vectra, 1:37.317; 5 Peter Kox (Neth), BMW 320i, 1:37.360; 6 Gary Ayles (GB), Nissan Primera, 1:37.363; 7 Alain Menu (Switz), Renault Laguna, 1:37.367; 8 Frank Biela (Ger), Audi A4, 1:37.370; 9 Will Hoy (GB), Renault Laguna, 1:37.402; 10 Jo Winkelhock (Ger), BMW 320i, 1:37.442; 11 Roberto Ravaglia (It), BMW 320i, 1:37.456; 12 John Cleland (GB), Vauxhall Vectra, 1:37.545.

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

From news@yarrow.wt.com.au Fri Sep 6 15:21:57 1996 Received: from munnari.OZ.AU by omega.metrics.com (8.6.12/1.37) id LAA18985; Fri, 6 Sep 1996 11:21:45 -0400 Received: from yarrow.wt.com.au by munnari.OZ.AU with SMTP (5.83--+1.3.1+0.56) id PA06410; Sat, 7 Sep 1996 01:21:37 +1000 (from news@yarrow.wt.com.au) Received: (from news@localhost) by yarrow.wt.com.au (8.7/8.6.9) id XAA22372; Fri, 6 Sep 1996 23:21:37 +0800 To: rec-autos-sport-info@munnari.oz.au Path: usenet From: Russell Pearce <james@net1.nw.com.au> Newsgroups: rec.autos.sport.info Subject: ATTC: Sandown 500 Date: Fri, 06 Sep 1996 23:20:17 +0800 Organization: Winthrop Technology Lines: 2 Message-Id: <32304131.5B53@net1.nw.com.au> Nntp-Posting-Host: 203.29.88.47 Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit X-Mailer: Mozilla 2.01 (Win95; I) Status: O

Any news of the practice times for the Sandown 500? Thanks in advance Russell Pearce

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