Donington: Pinkney Motorsport race report

PINKNEY SCORES ON TOUGH DONINGTON RACE DAY The Pinkney Motorsport team secured its seventh top ten finish of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Donington Park, although the penultimate rounds of the 2010 season would leave...

PINKNEY SCORES ON TOUGH DONINGTON RACE DAY

The Pinkney Motorsport team secured its seventh top ten finish of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Donington Park, although the penultimate rounds of the 2010 season would leave the team disappointed at being unable to match the potential of its car.

Having been forced into an engine change on Sunday morning prior to the opening race of the weekend, Harpenden-racer David Pinkney went into the first race looking to progress up the order after an incident in qualifying left him down in 18th place on the grid.

David climbed to 15th before the Safety Car was deployed to retrieve the car of Paul O'Neill from the grass exiting Coppice before a multi-car accident on the resumption of the race allowed him to jump up to ninth place having avoided a series of cars and foam barriers littering the circuit at Goddards.

Unfortunately, a trip across the grass exiting the Old Hairpin while following Tom Boardman's SEAT saw grass collected in the radiator of his Vauxhall Vectra and David was forced to back off through the final laps as the engine started to overheat, although he took the flag in tenth place for a championship point.

The hopes of more points in race two were ended on the second lap when contact from the BMW of Andy Neate at Redgate saw David spin into the gravel. While marshals were able to push him out onto the circuit as the Safety Car was deployed, the fact that the race was under caution for just a single lap meant he was unable to close onto the train of cars ahead. Despite that, David lapped strongly to make up two places before the finish to take the flag in 18th.

A strong start to race three saw David climb up to 13th on the opening lap as the Vectra showed its strongest pace of the weekend, and he made up a further place to twelfth on lap two. However, more grass thrown up from a car ahead became lodged in the radiator which saw David forced to back off and rather than fight for points, he had to settle for 13th at the chequered flag.

"It's frustrating when things that you can't control affect the results on track," he said. "The pace was there in the car and we showed it can be quick, especially in the final race when I managed to set a 12.8 lap despite being in traffic. However, our race day has been ruined by the fact that the grass around the circuit had been cut and was thrown up into the radiator causing the engine to overheat, which shouldn't be a problem we have to deal with."

Team manager Andrew Dean was pleased with the way the team had improved the car over the course of race day, even if that progress wasn't reflected in the overall results.

"Yet again we've made changes throughout the day which have made the car quicker but we haven't been rewarded with the results," he said. "In the opening race we were running strongly before grass blocked the radiator and David had to back off, so even though we scored tenth place, the potential was there for more. It was disappointing that another driver cost us the chance to fight for points in race two and then in the final race, we could run easily with the top eight until more grass in the radiator meant we had to back off.

"We had a car that had the potential to score in all three races so it's disappointing that we haven't got the result for the boys. Lady luck hasn't been on our side but we'll regroup for Brands Hatch and hope to end the season well."

-source: Pinkney Motorsport

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Series BTCC
Drivers Paul O'Neill , Tom Boardman , Andy Neate