TEAM AON STORM TO QUALIFYING ONE-TWO Team Aon secured another qualifying white (and blue) wash, by once again locking out the front row of the grid for tomorrow's penultimate round of the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, with...
TEAM AON STORM TO QUALIFYING ONE-TWO
Team Aon secured another qualifying white (and blue) wash, by once again locking out the front row of the grid for tomorrow's penultimate round of the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, with Tom Chilton securing his fourth pole position of the season at Donington Park.
The day's action had started under blue sky's for the morning first practice session, however some experimental set-up work proved the wrong way to go which saw the two Aon backed Ford's further down the order than planned, in fifth and twelve positions.
The clouds had rolled in by the time the second free practice session got under-way, but the slightly cooler track temperature, along with some key set-up work saw both Tom Onslow-Cole and Tom Chilton climbed the order, finishing the session in third and fifth places respectively.
With the clock ticking down to the afternoon's crucial qualifying half hour, rain began to fall lightly around the 1.97 mile Leicestershire Circuit. At the start of the session all of the cars poured onto the circuit, but it was the two Team Aon Ford Focus that excelled in the slippery conditions, leading the session one-two. The rain didn't last though and when the drivers re-emerged for their second qualifying runs they were greeted by a dry track and it was then the turn of the Honda's to top the time sheets, before a red flag for a spinning BMW brought the action to a halt.
The session was re-started with just eight minutes to go and all of the cars headed out for one final run with new tyres. Both of Team Aon's Tom's dug deep to move back to the top of the time sheets and secure another qualifying one-two for the Littlehampton based Ford squad. Tomorrow's three races will be tightly contested though with the top five drivers in the championship standings securing the top five places on the grid, separated by a quarter of a second, once again demonstrating the competitive nature of the BTCC.
Tom Onslow-Cole (#21), BTCC Standings: 3rd -- 178 points.
"Job's a good'un! To qualify P2 with success ballast in the car is a great result, as we were a little bit worried after seeing the times of some of our rivals in practice this morning. This puts us in a good position for tomorrow, it is going to be a tough day tomorrow and the weather could spring some surprises, but at least we are starting at the right end."
Tom Chilton (#23), BTCC Standings: 5th -- 144 points.
"That was the hardest pole position of my life! It started damp, but we kept, pushing, pushing and I managed to push so hard that on my fastest lap I actually clipped the tyre wall on the inside of the chicane, which has left a big mark on my car! But I literally couldn't have gone any faster, I used every millimetre of the track and so I'm delighted that it was good enough for P1!
Mike Earle, Team Principal: 2nd -- 300 points (Team) & 2nd -- 434 points (Constructor).
"It was a good effort from all the team today and the boys in the garage have done a great job as we struggled like mad this morning in practice. But we came up with a few set-up tweaks which did the trick and so we are delighted with another Team Aon one-two!"
-source: team aon