Donington: Pinkney Motorsport qualifying report

DONINGTON DISAPPOINTMENT FOR PINKNEY The Pinkney Motorsport team will hope to bounce back from a difficult qualifying session at Donington Park in the penultimate rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship...

DONINGTON DISAPPOINTMENT FOR PINKNEY

The Pinkney Motorsport team will hope to bounce back from a difficult qualifying session at Donington Park in the penultimate rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.

Harpenden-racer David Pinkney had to settle for 18th on the grid after an off in qualifying damaged his Vauxhall Vectra, with the team now looking to bounce back on race day as it seeks to break into the top ten and add more points to its championship tally.

David made solid progress through the two free practice sessions at the East Midlands circuit and headed into the all-important qualifying session hoping to match the encouraging performance shown last time out at Knockhill.

However, on a damp circuit after light rain started to fall when the session got underway, David suffered a spin exiting Redgate and then hit a bump on the grass which damaged the front splitter and radiator on the car.

Forced to park his car on the side of the circuit as a result, David had to settle for 18th on the grid having been unable to set a representative lap-time before the incident.

"Going into Redgate, the back end of the car came round and I went across onto the grass," David said. "I was simply making my way back to the circuit at low speed and there was a bump on the grass which I hit and that was it; damaged splitter and radiator and game over. We just had a lot more grip at the front end of the car than we did at the rear, and that's the first time I've had the back end of the car come round on me like that.

"If the session had been dry, then I think things would have gone a lot better, so we need to see what tomorrow brings. With a mixed weather forecast, it's a tough one to call."

Team manager Andrew Dean was disappointed that the team had been unable to match it's expectations during the session.

"We expected a good qualifying session after the progress we made in second practice and thought the top twelve was possible," he said. "The spin at Redgate damaged the front end of the car and it stopped us realising the potential that there was in the car. We're going into race day without the data we would have collected from qualifying but we have to look forwards and aim to progress up the field."

-source: Pinkney Motorsport

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