Neal puts Astra Coupe on pole for Silverstone showdown. Vauxhall Astra Coupe drivers, Matt Neal and Paul O'Neill found themselves flying the flag for the Vauxhall camp today in the two twenty-minute qualifying sessions for Rounds 7&8 of the...
Neal puts Astra Coupe on pole for Silverstone showdown.
Vauxhall Astra Coupe drivers, Matt Neal and Paul O'Neill found themselves flying the flag for the Vauxhall camp today in the two twenty-minute qualifying sessions for Rounds 7&8 of the Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship. Birmingham's Neal, driving the EggSport Astra Coupe claimed a stunning pole position in the closing two minutes of the Sprint qualifying session at Silverstone whilst his teammate O'Neill kept the pressure on to claim third place on the grid. O'Neill then went on to narrowly miss out on pole himself for the Feature race grid but lines up on the front row in second place.
Vauxhall Motorsport's James Thompson and Yvan Muller suffered with both the high track temperatures and their 30kgs and 42kgs respectively of success ballast. Whilst Muller lines up seventh and twelfth, Yorkshireman, Thompson, lines up fifth for both the Sprint and Feature races and sees no reason why that should stop him claiming a podium place tomorrow having won from the back of the grid earlier in the season.
Bank Holiday Monday's Touring car races begin at 12.10pm with the 15-lap Sprint Race (Rd 7) whilst the lights go green for the 25-lap Feature Race (Rd 8) at 4.10pm.
Vauxhall Motorsport Quotes:
Yvan Muller, Car 2, Vauxhall Motorsport Astra Coupe Sprint - 7th, 1:28.677, Feature - 12th, 1:28.682
"The track is really not very nice today, it is greasy and dirty. I am carrying maximum ballast and was definitely losing time in the straights. Traffic was also quite bad. But, anything can happen tomorrow."
James Thompson, Car 3, Vauxhall Motorsport Astra Coupe Sprint - 5th, 1:28.581, Feature - 5th, 1:28.483
"Well, I've won from the back of the grid before now so I don't see why I can't do it from fifth! Having said that, I did suffer today with heat. I think we underestimated just how high the track temperature would be and I was struggling with understeer. The car was not set-up for the heat and there wasn't time to change mid session. I certainly think we've got the pace to beat the rest of the field though in the races."
OTHER VAUXHALL NEWS
Matt Neal, Car 0, Egg Sport Vauxhall Astra Coupe Sprint - Pole, 1:28.231, Feature - 7th, 1:28.536
Paul O'Neill, Car 29, Egg Sport Vauxhall Astra Coupe Sprint - 3rd, 1:28.359, Feature - 2nd, 1:28.145
Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship
Rounds 7/8 - Silverstone, June 2
Qualifying - Sprint Race
1 Matt Neal Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1m28.231s
2 Warren Hughes MG ZS 1:28.323
3 Paul O'Neill Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:28.359
3 Anthony Reid MG ZS 1:28.462
4 James Thompson Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:28.581
5 Alan Morrison Honda Civic Type R 1:28.655
6 Yvan Muller (F) Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:28.677
7 Gareth Howell MG ZS 1:28.714
8 Tim Harvey Peugeot 406 Coupe 1:28.770
9 Colin Turkington MG ZS 1:28.800
10 Dan Eaves Peugeot 406 Coupe 1:28.814
Qualifying - Feature Race
1 Anthony Reid MG ZS 1m28.115s
2 Paul O'Neill Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:28.145
3 Aaron Slight (NZ) Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:28.248
4 Warren Hughes MG ZS 1:28.290
5 James Thompson Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:28.483
6 Alan Morrison Honda Civic Type R 1:28.532
7 Matt Neal Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:28.536
8 Gareth Howell MG ZS 1:28.558
9 Dan Eaves Peugeot 406 Coupe 1:28.578
10 Colin Turkington MG ZS 1:28.586