BTCC: Silverstone testing

BTCC Testing News Paul Radisich set the fastest time in today's (Friday) official TOCA Test at Silverstone in preparation for this Sunday's rounds 7 & 8 of the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship. The Kiwi star, who's yet to...

BTCC Testing News

Paul Radisich set the fastest time in today's (Friday) official TOCA Test at Silverstone in preparation for this Sunday's rounds 7 & 8 of the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship.

The Kiwi star, who's yet to win a BTCC race in 1995, ended 6 hours of testing just 17/1000ths of a second faster than Rickard Rydell in leading Volvo 850 and signals a return to form for the Ford team. Underlining the Mondeo's improvement, Kelvin Burt set the third fastest time.

Current series leader, Alain Menu, in the Williams prepared Renault Laguna, finished the day in 7th spot.

It was a poor day for a couple of the former Grand Prix drivers now contesting Britain's premier championship. Derek Warwick could manage no better than 18th in his Alfa Romeo; David Brabham's day was cut short by an accident. He was uninjured but his BMW was badly damaged.

With the first 18 cars all lapping within one second of pace setter Radisich the scene is all set for two more titanic BTCC battles on Sunday. As the cars are so evenly matched, tomorrow's two official qualifying sessions will prove to be make or break for many of the championship contenders.

Official Times 1. Radisich (NZ) Ford 1m00.859s 2. Rydell (S) Volvo 1m00.886s 3. Burt (GB) Ford 1m01.038s 4. Watts (GB) Peugeot 1m01.212s 5. Cleland (GB) Vauxhall 1m01.228s 6. Thompson (GB) Vauxhall 1m01.265s 7. Menu (CH) Renault 1m01.320s 8. Hoy (GB) Renault 1m01.481s 9. Harrison (GB) Peugeot 1m01.489s 10. Harvey (GB) Volvo 1m01.575s 11. Sugden (GB) Toyota 1m01.595s 12. Kaye (GB) Honda 1m01.614s

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