BTCC: VX Racing Croft qualifying report

VX RACING SECURE THIRD ROW AT CROFT VX Racing qualified on the third row for tomorrow's round 13 of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Croft, North Yorkshire. Matt Neal will start directly ahead of his team-mate Tom ...

VX RACING SECURE THIRD ROW AT CROFT

VX Racing qualified on the third row for tomorrow's round 13 of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Croft, North Yorkshire.

Matt Neal will start directly ahead of his team-mate Tom Onslow-Cole after setting near-exact lap times in the 30-minute qualifying session. Neal lapped around the 2.25 mile circuit in 1:26.226, seeing him finish in fifth position, whilst Onslow-Cole, the double-winner from Thruxton two weeks ago, recorded the sixth quickest time of 1:26.238, only 0.012s behind his team-mate.

The reigning BTCC Champion Fabrizio Giovanardi meanwhile qualified in 12th in the session, which was red-flagged three times. The Italian struggled to set a faster time due to the 45kg success ballast on-board his Vectra VXR.

The first of tomorrow's three races will start at 12:00 at the North Yorkshire circuit.

Matt Neal #4

"We knew this is a circuit where we would struggle a bit and especially at the back at the hairpin. On my two hot laps the red flags were displayed and I was forced to slow down.

"Tomorrow is another day but the races will be very tough."

Tom Onslow-Cole #10

"We were caught up in traffic towards the end and just a bit unfortunate with the red-flag interruptions.

"I'm happy with sixth though, I think we can still pull off some good podium positions tomorrow, if not even win a race. I like Croft circuit and this will help me tomorrow."

Fabrizio Giovanardi #1

"We didn't find the best set-up from this morning; we changed a lot but we didn't go in the right direction.

"Tomorrow will be difficult. Croft is tricky at the best of times, and when you start so far back on the grid it will be tough. Still I'm looking forward to it and to securing some points."

-credit: vxr.co.uk.

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Series BTCC
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Matt Neal , Tom Onslow-Cole