BTCC: VX Racing Donington Park qualifying report

VX Racing champion performance in qualifying BTCC Champions VX Racing playing pole position for round seven of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Donington Park for tomorrow's race in dry conditions. 20 year-old Tom...

VX Racing champion performance in qualifying

BTCC Champions VX Racing playing pole position for round seven of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Donington Park for tomorrow's race in dry conditions.

20 year-old Tom Onslow-Cole coming off the back of breaking the Rockingham circuit race lap record three weeks ago, went into today's qualifying session full of confidence after posting the quickest times in both practise sessions earlier in the day.

The Surrey-based VX Racing driver did not fail to deliver in this afternoon's qualifying when he placed his Vectra VXR on pole position with a time of 1:12.140, claiming his first-ever BTCC pole position.

Local, double ex-BTCC Champion Matt Neal, who at Rockingham claimed his first race win for VX Racing, managed to progress his lap times throughout the 30-minute session to get his championship-winning Vectra VXR into sixth place for tomorrow's first race; posting a time of 1:12.736.

BTCC Champion Fabrizio Giovanardi was constantly running in the top six during qualifying, however, his Vectra VXR failed a right height test, which resulted in the Italian's times being erased.

Giovanardi had less than ten minutes remaining to post new qualifying times, and as expected the eight-time touring car champion put in a sterling performance on the penultimate lap posting a time off 1:12.797, earning him eight position on the grid.

Onslow-Cole in his #10 Vectra VXR

Tom Onslow-Cole #10

"I couldn't be happier to place my Vectra VXR on pole for tomorrow's race. I think I could have even gone slightly quicker, but for a minor mistake going into the last chicane.

"To date I haven't made the best of my starts so I think tonight I will be asking uncle Fabrizio [Giovanardi] for some extra advice to make sure I make the most of my pole position."

Matt Neal #4

"I'm pleased to have qualified in the top six for the race, however, I'm not too happy with my quickest time. For some reason my car has been loose at the back all day and we obviously need to try and resolve this before the races tomorrow."

"Many congratulations to Tom on a fantastic job."

Fabrizio Giovanardi #1

"Unfortunately due to loosing our qualifying position (due to right height issue) there was very little time remaining for me to post quick laps. In the end I'm happy with eighth position as I really couldn't do more.

"The BTCC races are long so there should be opportunities to move up the field and get a good result."

VX Racing is presently leading the BTCC Manufacturers, Team and Drivers' standings after six of the 30 championship races.

Rounds seven, eight and nine will be held at the Leicestershire circuit tomorrow (Sunday) with the first race starting at 11:10.

-credit: vxr.co.uk.

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Series BTCC
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Matt Neal , Tom Onslow-Cole