SOLID PROGRESS FOR PINKNEY AT CROFT David Pinkney will start the opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend from 14th on the grid after a closely fought qualifying session at Croft. Harpenden racer David and his...
SOLID PROGRESS FOR PINKNEY AT CROFT
David Pinkney will start the opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend from 14th on the grid after a closely fought qualifying session at Croft.
Harpenden racer David and his Pinkney Motorsport team arrived in the North East keen to make amends for a frustrating weekend last time out at Oulton Park and he started with the 13th quickest time in the opening practice session.
David then went well over a second quicker in the second free practice session to finish just outside the top ten before posting his quickest lap of the day during qualifying with a best time of 1min 25.925secs.
That was despite an issue with his Vauxhall Vectra meaning David was late starting the session while he also lost time when he was held up at Tower by the BMW of Arthur Forster while his tyres were at their best.
"We got quicker throughout the day but we lost time at the start of qualifying because of a problem with the car," he said. "It wasn't a bad session in terms of the lap times, although I thought we might have got down to a 1min 25.6secs without that delay and a bit more time on track.
"It's a bit annoying that I'd just bolted on a new set of tyres and then got held up by Forster at Tower. At that part of the circuit, he's had the whole straight to see me coming behind with my headlights on and he wasn't even on a quick lap. However, we'll just aim to score some good points on race day."
Team manager Andrew Dean said the team had hoped to break into the top ten in the session although he was happy with the progress made during the day.
"We made good progress today and to be honest, we are surprised not to be higher on the times; we'd hoped to get into the top ten," he said. "However, we're certainly happier than we were after qualifying at Oulton Park! The set-up changes we made have worked and we have gone quicker, but the guys at the front have pulled a rabbit from the hat again.
"We were only three-tenths of a second behind Andy Jordan [in a similar NGTC-engined Vectra] and we are confident of having a good race pace."
-source: David Pinkney