BTCC: Vauxhall Motorsport Silverstone test 2002-03-14

Vauxhall Motorsport British Touring Car Championship Team TOCA Test - Silverstone - March 14 Vauxhall Astra Coupes Set The Pace For 2002 The battle for supremacy in the 2002 British Touring Car Championship began today at Silverstone with ...

Vauxhall Motorsport British Touring Car Championship Team TOCA Test - Silverstone - March 14

Vauxhall Astra Coupes Set The Pace For 2002

The battle for supremacy in the 2002 British Touring Car Championship began today at Silverstone with Vauxhall Astra Coupés topping the time sheets at the first of the season's official TOCA test sessions. Vauxhall Motorsport's James Thompson and Egg Sport Astra Coupé driver, Matt Neal set the pace in the morning and afternoon sessions respectively with the latter's afternoon time of 1m28.028 just pipping Thompson to overall first place by 0.179 seconds. With just two weeks and one TOCA test remaining before the season gets under way on March 30/31-April 1, the heat is on.

Vauxhall Motorsport's Yvan Muller had a productive day learning more about the 2002 Astra Coupé and by the end of play, had improved his morning time by 0.363 seconds to finish fourth overall behind the MG of Anthony Reid. In fact, only the MG's of Reid and Warren Hughes were able to break the stranglehold of the Astra Coupés today, giving Vauxhall Motorsport's Team Manager, Ian Harrison an encouraging start to the season.

"Today was all about continuing our winter test programme and getting a better idea of where we are in comparison to the other teams," said Harrison. "I'm reasonably happy with the day's progress but certainly not complacent. We had transmission problems on two of the four cars which we need to sort out but apart from that, we had no major problems which is a good sign. Things are obviously a lot closer this year and we'll have to be at our best this season that's for sure. "

Despite only completing 13 laps in the second session, Vauxhall Motorsport's James Thompson was also pleased, commenting: "Obviously I had a couple of problems which meant I only completed a few laps this afternoon, but overall, I'm actually very happy with the day's testing. We just have to continue the progress we made today at next Tuesday's test at Brands Hatch."

Vauxhall Motorsport continues its 2002 BTCC testing programme at Brands Hatch next Tuesday, 19 March at the second of the official TOCA Test Days. <pre> MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) TOCA Test - Silverstone - March 14 2002

(AM & PM Sessions Combined) 1 Matt Neal Vauxhall Astra Coupé 1m 28.028 (52+49 laps) 2 James Thompson Vauxhall Astra Coupé 1:28.207 (51+13) 3 Anthony Reid MG ZS 1:28.401 (0+52) 4 Yvan Muller (F) Vauxhall Astra Coupé 1:28.405 (43+44) 5 Warren Hughes MG ZS 1:28.501 (48+0) 6 Tom Chilton Vauxhall Astra Coupé 1:28.566 (54+42)

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Series BTCC
Drivers Anthony Reid , Yvan Muller , Tom Chilton , James Thompson , Warren Hughes , Matt Neal