BTCC: Peugeot Thruxton race report and results

'Peugeot Lose Out to Tyres' The Peugeot 406 Coupe Race Team experienced persistent tyre problems this weekend at rounds 3 and 4 of www.theAA.com British Touring Car Championship. In the Sprint race earlier today, Dan Eaves and Steve Soper ...

'Peugeot Lose Out to Tyres'

The Peugeot 406 Coupe Race Team experienced persistent tyre problems this weekend at rounds 3 and 4 of www.theAA.com British Touring Car Championship.

In the Sprint race earlier today, Dan Eaves and Steve Soper experienced minor problems. Undeterred, Mick Linford, Peugeot Motorsport Director said; "Dan had two tyre blow-outs and was forced to retire. Steve, due to under steer slid wide at Church onto the rough grass, this caused the throttle to jam and retirement." <pre> Results after Sprint race:

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT CAR TIME LAPS GAP MPH BEST

1 5 Jason PLATO GBR Vauxhall Astra Coupe 20:53.441 15 101.50 1:18.268 2 4 Yvan MULLER FRA Vauxhall Astra Coupe 20:55.746 15 2.305 101.31 1:18.044 3 9 James THOMPSON GBR Vauxhall Astra Coupe 20:56.183 15 2.742 101.27 1:18.306 4 27 Phil BENNETT GBR Vauxhall Astra Coupe 21:01.398 15 7.957 100.86 1:18.480 5 60 P Simon HARRISON GBR Peugeot 306 21:13.312 15 19.871 99.91 1:22.883 6 54 P Nick BEAUMONT GBR Honda Integra R 21:19.269 15 25.828 99.45 1:23.142

Soper: Not classified

Eaves: Classified 16th but ended race in the pits </pre> After a good start to the feature race Steve and Dan were showing good pace, when on lap 10 Steve experienced a tyre blow-out, the third for the team today. Mick Linford commented, "We can't afford to have another blow-out, it's not worth risking it for the driver's, spectators and cars. With Dan having already experienced problems earlier in the day, and again as Steve was pulled in, on safety grounds it made sense to bring both drivers back in."

Linford later commented, "The tyre problem kept occurring on the fastest part of the circuit. You may ask why the Vauxhall's haven't experienced the same problem, but they have the advantage of three months additional development time and their set-up obviously works the tyres in a better way than ours. That doesn't mean the fault is with the car, Thruxton has always caused tyre problems for most teams and I am amazed it still hasn't been sorted out." <pre> Results after Feature race:

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT CAR TIME LAPS GAP MPH BEST

1 4 Yvan MULLER FRA Vauxhall Astra Coupe 40:19.308 30 105.17 1:17.758 2 5 Jason PLATO GBR Vauxhall Astra Coupe 40:21.308 30 2.000 105.08 1:17.825 3 27 Phil BENNETT GBR Vauxhall Astra Coupe 40:22.197 30 2.889 105.04 1:18.325 4 9 James THOMPSON GBR Vauxhall Astra Coupe 40:24.223 30 4.915 104.96 1:17.603 5 88 P James KAYE GBR Honda Accord 41:04.507 29 1 LAP 99.80 1:22.868 6 41 Kurt LUBY GBR Lexus IS200 41:10.897 29 1 LAP 99.54 1:20.262

-Peugeot Sport-

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