PINKNEY ENJOYS 'BEST QUALIFYING' AT KNOCKHILL The Pinkney Motorsport team enjoyed a strong qualifying session at Knockhill ahead of the eighth round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season. Harpenden-racer David Pinkney...
PINKNEY ENJOYS 'BEST QUALIFYING' AT KNOCKHILL
The Pinkney Motorsport team enjoyed a strong qualifying session at Knockhill ahead of the eighth round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.
Harpenden-racer David Pinkney secured 13th on the grid during the Scottish qualifying session after the team made drastic changes to its Vauxhall Vectra over the course of the day in an effort to find more speed in the car.
The weekend started with David setting the 13th quickest time in the opening 40 minute practice session before the NGTC-powered Vectra ended FP2 two places back in 15th, despite an improvement in lap times.
In a closely fought qualifying session, David again improved his times to post a best lap of 53.920secs and earn a place on the seventh row of the grid -- just nine-tenths of a second away from pole.
"When you look at some of the cars on the grid, like the Chevrolet and the Ford, you know it will be difficult to get into the top ten," he said. "But we've done a good job today and have made good progress. We made massive changes to the car during the day and have gone quicker in each session, but we just need to find that last little bit as the car still isn't quite to my liking; it's a bit too loose.
"I think we have good race pace as we have been consistent in our times today, so we'll see how race day goes."
Team manager Andrew Dean said he felt the Scottish session marked the team's best qualifying of the season after it made large strides over the course of the day.
"In terms of progress, that is our best qualifying of the year," he said. "After practice, we looked at the data to see where we needed to find the time and if you then overlay the information from second practice and qualifying, you can see that we found it. There was maybe another tenth of a second that we could have had as David didn't manage to string his best lap together, but it's been a solid performance from us.
"We have genuine pace to run with the midfield pack tomorrow and the likes of Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson are just ahead of us, so it's all good."
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