www.theAA.com British Touring Car Championship
Rounds 21and 22
8/9th September 2001
The Peugeot 406 Coupè Race Team were back at Northampton's Silverstone Circuit today for the qualifying session for Rounds 21 and 22 of the www.theAA.com British Touring Car Championship.
With both Peugeot 406 Coupès running with similar changes to settings after Oulton Park, the 2.252 mile circuit saw Soper still on a charge from Oulton Park, and undeterred by a faulty engine sensor take 4th in the Sprint race and 5th in the Feature race. Eaves, suffering from drive shaft problems in free practice earlier on in the day only completed 6 laps in qualifying resulting in 9th position for both of tomorrow's races.
Mick Linford, Motorsport Manager at Peugeot Motor Company Plc commented; "Despite both Steve and Dan having problems in free practice we are confident that the problems will be fully sorted for tomorrow's races. Dan's poor qualifying position shouldn't be too much of a hindrance and I think we can expect both cars to be challenging the Vauxhall's." <pre> Qualifying Results:
Sprint Race Pos, Driver, Team, Time 1 Phil Bennett (Egg Sport Vauxhall Astra Coupe), 1m27.866s 2 Yvan Muller (Vauxhall Astra Coupe), 1m27.898s 3 Jason Plato (Vauxhall Astra Coupe), 1m28.156s 4 Steve Soper (Peugeot 406 Coupe), 1m28.563s 5 James Thompson (Egg Sport Vauxhall Astra Coupe), 1m28.573s 6 Anthony Reid (MG ZS), 1m29.152s 7 Thomas Erdos (TMSR Lexus IS200), 1m29.436s 8 Warren Hughes (MG ZS), 1m29.844s 9 Dan Eaves (Peugeot 406 Coupe), 1m30.427s 10 Tim Harvey (JSM Alfa Romeo 147), 1m30.901s 11 Mark Blair (JSM Alfa Romeo 147), 1m31.125s
Feature Race Pos, Driver, Team, Time 1 Bennett, 1m27.936s 2 Plato, 1m27.966s 3 Muller, 1m28.021s 4 Thompson, 1m28.425s 5 Soper, 1m28.559s 6 Reid, 1m28.941s 7 Erdos, 1m29.222s 8 Hughes, 1m29.940s 9 Eaves, 1m29.946s 10 Harvey, 1m30.669s 11 Blair, 1m31.310s
Sunday Races: BTCC Sprint race 12.00 (15 laps-Round 21) with the Feature race at 15.20 (30 laps-Round 22)
Pit walk-about and autograph signing which allows the general public into the pits to meet their favoured drivers for 45 minutes begins at 9.45am.
BTCC Peugeot 306 Production driver Roger Moen qualified on pole for tomorrow's race ahead of team-mate and championship leader, Simon Harrison who experienced a problem in free practice. After lengthy changes to the car the team ran out of time to get Harrison out to qualify. Harrison will start both races from the back of the grid.