BTCC: Oulton Park qualifying

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Oulton Park, 10/8/96 David Leslie and Frank Biela will share the pole position honours at tomorrow's (Sun) rounds of the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park in ...

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Oulton Park, 10/8/96 David Leslie and Frank Biela will share the pole position honours at tomorrow's (Sun) rounds of the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park in Cheshire after topping the timesheets in official qualifying this afternoon.

Leslie's Honda Accord was fastest in qualifying for round 19 of the championship, less than a hundredth of a second ahead of Alain Menu's Renault. Leslie and Menu were the only men in first qualifying to break the one-minute barrier around the tight Fosters circuit at Oulton. Third fastest was Leslie's Honda team-mate James Kaye -- a career best grid position.

Championship leader Biela wound up his four-wheel-drive Audi A4 to smash the circuit qualifying record in the second session of the day; his time of 59.779 seconds was more than half a second inside Menu's pole time of last season.

Leslie ran the German driver close to claim his second front-row grid slot of the day, with Menu third for Renault.

A pair of good results for Biela at Oulton tomorrow could set the seal on his championship campaign; he currently enjoys a 58-point advantage in the drivers' title race. OFFICIAL QUALIFYING: ROUND 19 1 David Leslie (GB), Honda Accord, 0m 59.933s, 99.71mph; 2 Alain Menu (Switz), Renault Laguna, 0:59.942; 3 James Kaye (GB), Honda Accord, 1:00.075; 4 Rickard Rydell (Swe), Volvo 850, 1:00.078; 5 Frank Biela (Ger), Audi A4, 1:00.078; 6 Will Hoy (GB), Renault Laguna, 1:00.258; 7 Jo Winkelhock (Ger), BMW 320i, 1:00.467; 8 James Thompson (GB), Vauxhall Vectra, 1:00.469; 9 Kelvin Burt (GB), Volvo 850, 1:00.565; 10 Roberto Ravaglia (It), BMW 320i, 1:00.668. OFFICIAL QUALIFYING: ROUND 20 1 Biela, 0:59.779, 99.96mph; 2 Leslie, 0:59.929; 3 Menu, 0:59.974; 4 Rydell, 1:00.047; 5 Winkelhock, 1:00.050; 6 Thompson, 1:00.094; 7 Hoy, 1:00.115; 8 James Kaye, 1:00.170; 9 John Cleland (GB), Vauxhall Vectra, 1:00.340; 10 Patrick Watts (GB), Peugeot 406, 1:00.420. -- Official BTCC website: Best in British Motor Sport http://www.demon.co.uk/racing

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