BTCC: Vauxhall Motorsport Thruxton test 2001-04-20

Jason Plato topped the third of the season's official TOCA tests, at the super-fast Thruxton circuit near Andover, on Friday afternoon, driving the Vauxhall Motorsport Astra Coupe. Plato, currently joint leader of the www.theAA.com MSA British ...

Jason Plato topped the third of the season's official TOCA tests, at the super-fast Thruxton circuit near Andover, on Friday afternoon, driving the Vauxhall Motorsport Astra Coupe. Plato, currently joint leader of the www.theAA.com MSA British Touring Car Championship, pipped Vauxhall team-mate Yvan Muller by over three tenths of a second during the almost four hour long session held in mainly dry weather conditions. James Thompson and Phil Bennett completed the top four places driving their Egg Sport Vauxhall Astra Coupes.

The Vauxhall Motorsport team spent the time fine-tuning the Astra Coupe set-up for the fast Thruxton circuit, which hosts the next BTCC races on May Bank Holiday weekend, May 6/7.

"We got some meaningful information from the session," said Jason Plato. "It's very important to get a stable car set-up for Thruxton, you don't want a car which either understeers or oversteers. I never read too much into fastest times from test sessions, but it is a nice boost for me and the team - it gets our tails up ready for the next rounds." <pre> Thruxton test - April 20 1 Jason Plato Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1m 17.704s 2 Yvan Muller Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:18.044 3 James Thompson Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:18.289 4 Phil Bennett Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:18.732 5 Steve Soper Peugeot 406 Coupe 1:19.981 6 Dan Eaves Peugeot 406 Coupe 1:20.860

-Vauxhall Motorsport

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Series BTCC
Drivers Yvan Muller , Dan Eaves , James Thompson , Jason Plato , Phil Bennett , Steve Soper