Round Venue Date 9-10 of 26 Oulton Park May 30/31
MENU POSTS HIS SECOND PODIUM FINISH OF 1999
Ford Team Mondeno continued its run of form today with a strong third and fourth place finish in the Auto Trader British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park on Monday, May 31.
The Ford duo qualified alongside each other on the second row of the grid and pushed the works Nissans very hard in the early part of the race until Alain Menu lost sixth gear which slowed his progress significantly.
Commented the Swiss ace Alain Menu: "I got a flying start to the race and was pushing really hard. I kept on pushing on the straights and in the corners after losing top gear. I managed to retain third place which proves the Ford Mondeo is going very well. We still need to make progress on the chassis and the engine, but we are getting there."
Oxford based teammate Anthony Reid added: "We were right with the Nissans to begin with, but towards the end of the race, they were able to pull away a bit."
Alain Menu began the Feature Race from fourth place but his good grid position came to nothing after he was forced off the track into the grass on the first corner by Jason Plato.
Teammate Reid, who qualified in eighth place, took full advantage of a number of retirements to finish fifth.
He commented: "The car was again running well in the early part of the race, but my tyres faded in the latter part and I lost two places to finish fifth. We know there is a lot of work to be done, but we have made great strides forward in a very short space of time."