BTCC: Snetterton testing

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Official Testing: Snetterton, 6/6/96 Vauxhall and James Thompson topped the timesheets for the first time this season with an impressive display in official Auto Trader RAC Touring Car...

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Official Testing: Snetterton, 6/6/96

Vauxhall and James Thompson topped the timesheets for the first time this season with an impressive display in official Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship testing at the Snetterton circuit this afternoon (Thurs).

Thompson and his new-for-96 Vectra lapped the Norfolk track in 1m 11.908s -- two-tenths of a second under the qualifying record -- to head David Leslie (Honda) and Rickard Rydell (Volvo), who recorded an identical time of 1m 12.257s.

Thompson's team-mate, reigning champion John Cleland, posted fifth-best time to complete the Vauxhall celebrations. With championship leader Frank Biela at home in Germany today, Audi honour was upheld by John Bintcliffe, who was sixth quickest.

In the second Volvo at Snetterton was young Formula 3 star Jamie Davies, deputising for the recovering Kelvin Burt after his Oulton Park race crash.

The Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship bursts back into action at Snetterton next weekend (Jun 16) for a double-race showdown. OFFICIAL BTCC TESTING TIMES Snetterton, 6/6/96 1 James Thompson (GB), Vauxhall Vectra, 1m 11.908s; 2 David Leslie (GB), Honda Accord, 1:12.257; 3 Rickard Rydell (Swe), Volvo 850, 1:12.257; 4 Jo Winkelhock (Ger), BMW 320i, 1:12.326; 5 John Cleland (GB), Vauxhall Vectra, 1:12.529; 6 John Bintcliffe (GB), Audi A4, 1:12.599; 7 Will Hoy (GB), Renault Laguna, 1:12.618; 8 Paul Radisich (NZ), Ford Mondeo, 1:12.685; 9 James Kaye (GB), Honda Accord, 1:12.828; 10 Roberto Ravaglia (It), BMW 320i, 1:12.885; 11 Patrick Watts (GB), Peugeot 406, 1:12.888; 12 Jamie Davies (GB), Volvo 850, 1:12.948. -- Official BTCC website: Best in British Motor Sport http://www.demon.co.uk/racing

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Series BTCC
Drivers Frank Biela , Jamie Davies , David Leslie , James Thompson , Kelvin Burt , Paul Radisich , John Cleland , James Kaye , Rickard Rydell , Will Hoy , Roberto Ravaglia , Patrick Watts