BTCC: Vauxhall Motorsport Toca test report

Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship Toca Test - Donington Park - June 11, 2002 Vauxhall rules the roost at Toca test. Vauxhall Motorsport's Yvan Muller was back with a vengeance today setting the day's fastest time of 1m41.026s for...

Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship
Toca Test - Donington Park - June 11, 2002

Vauxhall rules the roost at Toca test.

Vauxhall Motorsport's Yvan Muller was back with a vengeance today setting the day's fastest time of 1m41.026s for the British Touring Car Championship's fifth official Toca Test which took place at Donington Park. Hot on his heels was team mate and current championship points leader, James Thompson with the day's third fastest time of 1m41.234s. Egg Sport Astra Coupe driver, Matt Neal was a mere 0.015 seconds behind giving Vauxhall Astra Coupe drivers three of the top four spots at the end of the day's two test sessions which took place largely in dry conditions.

"Having not attended the Thruxton or Snetterton tests, it was important for us to be here today," commented Muller. The Frenchman had spent much of the day concentrating on race simulations but was at the forefront of the day's activities having dominated the morning session before being pipped into second at the last minute by Honda's Andy Priaulx. The red flag interrupted second session, however, saw Muller stamp his authority over his rivals, setting his fastest time in the closing stages of the afternoon. Thompson, who had also spent much of the day working on a race set-up for his Astra Coupe, was similarly pleased with the day's work.

The Egg Sport Astra Coupe drivers had a mixed day meanwhile with Paul O'Neill posting fourth fastest time in the first session whilst his teammate Neal sat much of it out. Neal came back in determined mood though at the end of the second session posting fourth fastest time overall.

Combined Toca Test Sessions 1&2 - June 11
1 Yvan Muller (F) Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1m 41.026s
2 Warren Hughes MG ZS 1:41.117
3 James Thompson Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:41.234
4 Matt Neal Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:41.249
5 Andy Priaulx Honda Civic Type R 1:41.323
6 Anthony Reid MG ZS 1:41.401
7 David Leslie Proton Impian 1:41.798
8 Paul O'Neill Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:41.853
9 Gareth Howell MG ZS 1:42.222
10 Aaron Slight (NZ) Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1:42.277

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Series BTCC
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Anthony Reid , Yvan Muller , Paul O'Neill , David Leslie , James Thompson , Warren Hughes , Aaron Slight , Gareth Howell , Matt Neal