BTCC: Oulton Park testing

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Official Testing: Oulton Park, 9/5/96 THE Volvo team and number one driver Rickard Rydell continued their superb testing form in today's (Thurs) official preliminaries at the...

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Official Testing: Oulton Park, 9/5/96 THE Volvo team and number one driver Rickard Rydell continued their superb testing form in today's (Thurs) official preliminaries at the Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire. Swede Rydell -- who has beaten his rivals at every BTCC test so far this season yet has still to win a race -- lapped the Oulton long circuit in 1m 40.340s, more than two- tenths quicker than the BMW of 1993 champion Jo Winkelhock. Rydell's time was a second and a half inside the circuit qualifying record.

Rydell's team-mate Kelvin Burt went third quickest to underline the Volvo pace, with championship leader Frank Biela's Audi fourth fastest. James Thompson outpaced his Vauxhall team-mate, the reigning champion John Cleland, to claim fifth spot.

Next race outing for the touring car brigade is at Silverstone on May 19.

* The championship technical committee met at Oulton Park for two- and-a-half hours this afternoon to discuss weight differentials between the runaway four-wheel-drive Audi A4s and their two- wheel-drive and rear-drive BTCC rivals. No decision was reached and the committee has been asked to formulate a proposal by 5pm on Monday (May 13) to put before Alan Gow, Chief Executive of championship organiser TOCA. OFFICIAL TESTING TIMES 1 Rickard Rydell (Swe), Volvo 850, 1m 40.340s, 99.56mph; 2 Jo Winkelhock (Ger), BMW 320i, 1m 40.618s; 3 Kelvin Burt (GB), Volvo 850, 1m 40.809s; 4 Frank Biela (Ger), Audi A4, 1m 40.910s; 5 James Thompson (GB), Vauxhall Vectra, 1m 41.285s; 6 Will Hoy (GB), Renault Laguna, 1m 41.389s; 7 John Cleland (GB), Vauxhall Vectra, 1m 41.395s; 8 David Leslie (GB), Honda Accord, 1m 41.499s; 9 Roberto Ravaglia (It), BMW 320i, 1m 41.541s; 10 Alain Menu (Switz), Renault Laguna, 1m 41.637s; 11 Tim Harvey (GB), Peugeot 406, 1m 41.659s; 12 John Bintcliffe (GB), Audi A4, 1m 41.741s. -- Official BTCC website: Best in British Motor Sport http://www.demon.co.uk/racing

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