SCOTTISH FRUSTRATION FOR PINKNEY ON KNOCKHILL RACE DAY Harpenden racer David Pinkney suffered a frustrating end to the weekend at Knockhill after being forced to retire from two of the three Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races on...
SCOTTISH FRUSTRATION FOR PINKNEY ON KNOCKHILL RACE DAY
Harpenden racer David Pinkney suffered a frustrating end to the weekend at Knockhill after being forced to retire from two of the three Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races on Scottish soil.
The Pinkney Motorsport driver started the first race of the weekend from 13th on the grid after a solid performance in qualifying and held his place through the opening laps of the race, setting a series of quick and consistent laps to keep in touch with the cars ahead. When James Nash and Rob Collard then went off the road in separate incidents, David moved up to eleventh and was well placed to battle his way into the points.
With a huge battle for position ahead, David took advantage of a clash between Mat Jackson and Andrew Jordan to climb as high as ninth, but on the penultimate lap of the race, he ran slightly wide through the John R Weir Chicane and put a wheel in the gravel; with the subsequent delay dropping him back to eleventh at the chequered flag.
Despite the disappointment of missing out on a points-scoring finish, David headed into race two in a strong position on the grid, but his race came to an early end when his Vauxhall got out of shape through the SEAT Curves on lap one. David went into a spin across the grass before collecting the BMW of Rob Collard as his car came back across the circuit at Scotsman and the damage sustained was more than enough to put him out on the spot.
With the car suffering heavy damage to the front end, the team faced a race against time to try and get David out onto the grid for the final race, but the battle-scarred Vectra took its place at the back of the field for race three. Making up places on the opening laps, David found himself running in 13th place behind the SEAT of Tom Boardman but his hopes of climbing further up the field were ended on lap nine when he was fired into the gravel at Scotsman by debutant Jeff Smith and forced to retire for the second successive race.
"That's the second time in the BTCC that I have been knocked off at that corner by a driver named Smith," David said afterwards. "It's an annoying way to finish the day after the way the guys worked to get the car out for the final race and even more annoying that Boardman retired just after me as my car was quick; he'd just been holding me up.
"The car was good in the first race but in the second, I just got onto the marbles and there is no margin for error here. I didn't think we'd be back out for the final race and it's poor reward for the guys that that was the way it ended."
Team manager Andrew Dean shared in David's disappointing that a race day that started well had ended without the team securing any points to add to its championship tally.
"It's a very frustrating way to finish the weekend," he said. "We made a good start to race day with eleventh and we looked like we were set up for some good results. However, the incident in race two put us to the back of the grid, although the guys did a fantastic job in the time available to make sure we were even able to take the start for race three.
"The car was probably handling better than it had done all day but David was just unable to find a way past Tom Boardman as it isn't easy to overtake round here - unless of course you can drive straight past on the straight as Tom Chilton did to both us and Boardman in the final race! Then, a manoeuvre by an obvious BTCC rookie, who attempted to go for a gap that wasn't there, took us out of the race. It's a shame as I think we could have come from the back to finish inside the top ten."