PINKNEY SHOWS PACE AT BRANDS HATCH The Pinkney Motorsport team enjoyed its most competitive showing of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Brands Hatch, although the team was left to rue bad luck in two of the three ...
PINKNEY SHOWS PACE AT BRANDS HATCH
The Pinkney Motorsport team enjoyed its most competitive showing of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Brands Hatch, although the team was left to rue bad luck in two of the three races around the famous Grand Prix circuit.
Having qualified twelfth on the grid, Harpenden-racer David Pinkney made a fine start in the opening race to jump up to eighth place by the end of the opening lap, showing impressive speed in horrendous conditions after torrential rain arrived at the Kent circuit.
David battled to find a way past the works Chevrolet of Alex MacDowall but was delayed by the youngster while trying to find a way through and slipped back down to tenth, although he quickly got back ahead of Andrew Jordan. However, David then suffered a spin into the gravel at Hawthorn while dicing for eighth with Tom Boardman and was forced to retire.
That left David near the rear of the field for race two, but a stunning start saw him climb into the points by the end of the second lap. While he then lost places after running wide at Graham Hill Bend, Pinkney again showed the pace of the ex-works Vauxhall Vectra to climb back to ninth place at the flag -- which became eighth when race winner Tom Chilton was excluded.
With the circuit drying ahead of the final race, the team elected to go for a mix of slick tyres on the front of the car and wets on the rear. While that gave an advantage to the cars running solely on wet tyres at the start, it soon became apparent that a mix of tyres was the right call as David harried MacDowall's Chevrolet for sixth place.
However, having just got ahead of the Chevrolet at the start of the tenth lap, David found himself unable to change down from fifth gear as he approached Druids and was powerless to prevent the Vectra going straight off into the gravel.
"Unfortunately, I ended up in the gravel in race one but the car was great in race two," he said, "it was really good to come through from 19th on the grid to get into the points. We made the right call on tyres for race three and the car was really on it, but then coming up to Druids, I went to change from fifth and it wouldn't change down. If you miss a gear under braking in these cars then you're going off, so I couldn't do anything. Looking at how the race finished, we could certainly have been on the podium.
"We are getting to know the car and have shown this weekend that we have a package that is capable of fighting at the front. It's just a bit frustrating when you don't get the results."
Team manager Andrew Dean shared David's disappointment in the way the weekend had ended but said there were plenty of positives to be taken away from the third round of the season.
"It was a disappointing way to finish the weekend," he said. "We made the right call on tyres and clearly had the pace to get up to the front of the field, but it looks like we've had another issue with the gearbox. The points we've scored this weekend don't reflect the pace that was in the car and we certainly haven't scored the points that the team deserved.
"However, this weekend has shown the progress we have made with the car -- as we saw in all three races - and we're confident that we can carry on the progress when we get to Oulton Park."
-source: david pinkney