NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Official Testing: Snetterton, 14/6/96
THE Volvo team suffered a further blow at Snetterton this afternoon (Fri) in final official testing for Sunday's twin rounds of the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship. For although Swede Rickard Rydell finished the day on top of the timesheets, his young British team-mate Jamie Davies destroyed his car in a roll-over accident.
Davies -- drafted into the Volvo squad from Formula 3 to stand in for the injured Kelvin Burt -- was knocked unconscious in the crash but was otherwise unharmed. He was likely to be taken to hospital for X- rays as a precautionary measure.
His Volvo 850 racer was a write-off and is highly unlikely to be repaired in time for Sunday's rounds 11 and 12 of the UK's premier race series.
Rydell's top test time was more than half a second inside his own qualifying record for the Norfolk track, and seven-hundredths quicker than his nearest rival, Italian BMW pilot Roberto Ravaglia, could achieve. Championship leader Frank Biela was only 12th fastest, outpaced by his team-mate John Bintcliffe.
OFFICIAL BTCC TESTING TIMES Snetterton, 14/6/96 1 Rickard Rydell (Swe), Volvo 850, 1m 11.450s; 2 Roberto Ravaglia (It), BMW 320i, 1:11.520; 3 Will Hoy (GB), Renault Laguna, 1:11.841; 4 Jo Winkelhock (Ger), BMW 320i, 1:11.895; 5 John Cleland (GB), Vauxhall Vectra, 1:12.129; 6 John Bintcliffe (GB), Audi A4, 1:12.145; 7 Tim Harvey (GB), Peugeot 406, 1:12.153; 8 James Thompson (GB), Vauxhall Vectra, 1:12.181; 9 Alain Menu (Switz), Renault Laguna, 1:12.182; 10 Paul Radisich (NZ), Ford Mondeo, 1:12.315; 11 Frank Biela (Ger), Audi A4, 1:12.393; 12 David Leslie (GB), Honda Accord, 1:12.474.
-- Official BTCC website: Best in British Motor Sport http://www.demon.co.uk/racing