News from the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship Silverstone, 27/3/98 THOMPSON ON TOP TESTING FORM AGAIN James Thompson and Honda continued their strong run of pre-season testing form, topping the Auto Trader RAC British...
News from the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship Silverstone, 27/3/98
THOMPSON ON TOP TESTING FORM AGAIN
James Thompson and Honda continued their strong run of pre-season testing form, topping the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship official testing timesheets once again this afternoon (Fri). After two days of testing at Silverstone, 23-year-old Thompson emerged quickest by more than a tenth of a second in his Accord.
Second fastest was the BTCC's latest recruit from the Formula 1 ranks, Gianni Morbidelli. The Italian was seven-hundredths quicker than his Swedish Volvo team- mate Rickard Rydell, with French ace Yvan Muller fourth for Audi.
The Renaults of reigning champion Alain Menu and his team-mate Jason Plato completed the top six. Norwegian independent Tommy Rustad, in the DC Cook Laguna, was an impressive 10th, just ahead of Derek Warwick's Vauxhall and the Ford of Will Hoy.
Yesterday, in very wet conditions, it was Rydell who set the pace, lapping the Northants track in 1m 32.026s, ahead of Menu, Plato and Nissan's Anthony Reid.
Further Auto Trader BTCC testing is scheduled for the Brands Hatch circuit next week (Apr 1/2) before the teams head for Thruxton and the Easter Monday (Apr 13) championship opener.
Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship Official testing / Silverstone, Northants / 26 & 27 March 1998
1 James Thompson GB Honda Accord 1m 23.332s 97.28mph 2 Gianni Morbidelli ITA Volvo S40 1m 23.457s 3 Rickard Rydell SWE Volvo S40 1m 23.534s 4 Yvan Muller FRA Audi A4 1m 23.618s 5 Alain Menu SWI Renault Laguna 1m 23.655s 6 Jason Plato GB Renault Laguna 1m 23.739s 7 Anthony Reid GB Nissan Primera 1m 23.903s 8 Peter Kox NL Honda Accord 1m 24.043s 9 David Leslie GB Nissan Primera 1m 24.071s 10 Tommy Rustad NOR Renault Laguna 1m 24.077s
-- BTCC official website www.btcc.co.uk