FRUSTRATING RACE DAY FOR PINKNEY AT OULTON Pinkney Motorsport endured a frustrating race day at Oulton Park as a power steering failure and on-track contact restricted the team to just a single points finish in the fourth round of the Dunlop MSA...
FRUSTRATING RACE DAY FOR PINKNEY AT OULTON
Pinkney Motorsport endured a frustrating race day at Oulton Park as a power steering failure and on-track contact restricted the team to just a single points finish in the fourth round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.
The team headed to Cheshire on the back of a strong weekend at Brands Hatch, with Harpenden-racer David Pinkney keen to try and get into the points at one of the most popular venues on the BTCC calendar.
A tough qualifying session saw David line up 15th on the grid for the opening race of the weekend but he made up places at the start before an issue with the power steering on his Vauxhall Vectra left David with no option to retire. That left David near the back of the field for the second race but within two laps of the start, he had climbed up into the top ten and the points scoring positions.
Running in ninth for most of the race, David was hit in the rear by the Honda of Lea Wood in the closing laps and then started to suffer from understeer that ultimately saw him lose the position to Alex MacDowall in a drag race to the line. David finished the race just 0.043secs behind the Chevrolet driver in tenth.
Just missing out on pole for the final race after the random grid draw saw the top nine drivers reversed, David ran inside the points again until being hit at the hairpin by the BMW of Andy Neate. Dropping places as a result, David had to settle for twelfth place at the finish of a frustrating weekend.
"We were quick at Brands Hatch but we haven't been on the pace here," he said. "At times, I was almost having to overdrive the car to keep up and we just didn't have the speed that we thought we would have. We came to Oulton Park seeking improvement on Brands Hatch so it's disappointing that we haven't taken the step forward we wanted to. Even when we put a set-up similar to Brands Hatch on the car for the final race, it still wasn't brilliant.
"Even without the problem with my shoulder [which was dislocated just a week before the event], I couldn't have driven round the power steering issue in race one and its frustrating to have then been hit in race two and race three. I don't know what Andy Neate was doing in the last race. He must have just out-braked himself, but we lost out as a result."
Team manager Andrew Dean shared David's disappointment in the overall result from the weekend as the team now turns its focus to repairing the damage sustained before the BTCC heads to Croft later this month.
"The issue with the power steering, alongside David's shoulder injury meant we were forced out of race one but there was some good consistent pace in the car at the start of race two," he said. "Unfortunately, as the race wore on, the car started to develop understeer and it meant MacDowall was able to steal ninth place at the line. We were running well in race three and looked good for points when Mr Neate decided to hit us at the hairpin, so it was a frustrating end to the weekend. There is quite a bit of damage to the rear of the car from the contact in race two, so it's a busy few weeks ahead before we go to Croft."
-source: Pinkney Motorsport