NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Knockhill, Fife, 27/7/95
SWEDEN'S Rickard Rydell ended a week of testing at the Knockhill circuit this evening (Thurs) topping the time sheets by a healthy margin and looking in top form for Sunday's twin rounds of the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship.
Rydell and his Volvo 850 were quickest in all four of the test sessions held at the demanding Scottish circuit. His best lap time, 53.397s, was nearly two-tenths of a second quicker than that of his nearest rival, Kiwi Paul Radisich in the Ford Mondeo. Rydell's team- mate, Tim Harvey, was third quickest to underline Volvo's regained competitiveness.
Championship leader and local hero John Cleland was sixth quickest in his Vauxhall Cavalier, just ahead of his team-mate James Thompson. Twenty-one-year-old Thompson will miss Sunday's races after a high- speed accident on Tuesday put him in hospital with severe bruising and concussion. His place in the Vauxhall 1 team has been taken by Cleland' 5 old sparring partner, Jeff Allam, who posted 13th quickest time.
TOP TESTING TIMES 1 Rickard Rydell (Swe), Volvo 850 20V, 53.397s; 2 Paul Radisich (NZ), Ford Mondeo Ghia, 53.594s; 3 Tim Harvey (GB), Volvo 850 20V, 53.638s; 4 Alain Menu (Switz), Renault Laguna, 53.720s; 5 Kelvin Burt (GB), Ford Mondeo, 53.731s; 6 John Cleland (GB), Vauxhall Cavalier 16v, 53.860s; 7 James Thompson (GB), Vauxhall Cavalier 16v, 53.903s; 8 Jul ian Bailey (GB), Toyota Carina E, 53.981s; 9 James Kaye (GB), Honda Accord, 54.003s; 10 David Leslie (GB), Honda Accord, 54.016
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