TOUGH QUALIFYING FOR PINKNEY AT ROCKINGHAM David Pinkney and the Pinkney Motorsport team were left disappointed by qualifying for the second round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham, after setting the 13th quickest...
TOUGH QUALIFYING FOR PINKNEY AT ROCKINGHAM
David Pinkney and the Pinkney Motorsport team were left disappointed by qualifying for the second round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham, after setting the 13th quickest time during the 30 minute session.
In his second weekend driving his ex-works Vauxhall Vectra -- powered by the BTCC's Next Generation Touring Car engine -- the Harpenden racer enjoyed a solid start to free practice as he set the eighth quickest time, ahead of the works Chevrolet of Alex MacDowall and the BMW of Thruxton race winner Steven Kane, in the first session.
David had hoped to improve on that showing during second free practice and qualifying, but changing circuit conditions and understeer around the twisty infield meant he was unable to match his pace from earlier in the day. A best lap in qualifying of 1min 24.928secs left him 13th on the grid, 1.565secs away from pole-man Tom Chilton.
"The engine is the best it has been so far and we did well in the first session," David reflected. "However, instead of getting quicker as the day has gone on, we've gone the other way. I think the circuit has got more slippery and it has made things more difficult for us. I was following James Nash [in the Triple Eight Vauxhall] and when he turned into a corner, the car went where he pointed it. I tried to follow and the front end slid away from me.
"There are some things we will look at it but it is difficult to counter the extra weight at the front of the car around a circuit like this. I'd hoped we would have been quicker, but we'll see what happens on race day."
Team manager Andrew Dean shared in David's disappointment and said the aim for race day was to stay out of trouble and try and score more championship points.
"We are disappointed with the result as we felt we had the pace to fight for a place inside the top ten," he said. "We did a 24.6 in first practice which would have been eleventh quickest if we'd matched it in qualifying. With the extra weight at the front of the car, we have struggled with understeer and it means that David can't get the power down as quickly as he'd like to out of the corners.
"While we have some data from Triple Eight, the weight from the engine means we are having to go in a different direction with set-up. We had hoped for better but we just have to keep our nose clean now and look to make progress up the order to try and pick up more points."
ITV's race day schedule will be amended for the Rockingham weekend due to the broadcaster's commitment to the Indian Premier League cricket. Races one and two will be broadcast as part of a shortened live broadcast on ITV4, with race three being shown in its entirety during a special highlights show -- again on ITV4 -- on Sunday evening. Check listings for details.
ITV will also stream all the race day action through its website, www.itv.com, with an online broadcast running from 11am through to 5.30pm. Live-streaming is only available inside the UK.
-source: Pinkney Motorsport