David Pinkney endured a frustrating qualifying session for the fourth round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park after handling issues with his Pinkney Motorsport Vauxhall Vectra restricted him to 15th on the...
David Pinkney endured a frustrating qualifying session for the fourth round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park after handling issues with his Pinkney Motorsport Vauxhall Vectra restricted him to 15th on the grid.
The Harpenden-racer headed to Cheshire buoyed by an encouraging display in the previous meeting of the year at Brands Hatch, where the team showed impressive speed throughout race day.
Despite dislocating his left shoulder in an incident at home just a week before the event, David was fit and ready for the Oulton Park weekend and finished 15th on the timesheets in both free practice sessions -- slightly slower than the similar NGTC-engined car of Andrew Jordan.
Although he was able to go three-tenths of a second quicker than he had in practice during the half hour long qualifying session, David was unable to improve his position on the times and will start the first race of the weekend from the eighth row of the grid.
"I thought we would have been faster than we have been," he admitted. "We know the car should be quicker than it was at Brands Hatch, but for some reason, we haven't been able to show it. It seems to be the same problem we have had before, where the extra weight from the engine at the front of the car makes it difficult to change direction and turn into the corners. You can't carry the speed you want to through the bends which then compromises your lap.
"[Andy] Jordan seems to be suffering in the same way and we are lower on the times than we should be, but we'll go into race day and try to score some points. If it rains, I'm hopeful we'll be strong and I'll try to make up places in the same way I did at Brands Hatch."
Team manager Andrew Dean shared David's disappointment in not qualifying higher up the grid, but said he was confident that race day would see the team fighting for points.
"It is disappointing that we haven't shown more pace than we did at Brands Hatch," he said. "Our pace was comparable with Jordan in practice and we found three-tenths of a second ahead of qualifying but it wasn't enough; the guys at the front managed to find more. However, we are confident that we can maintain a consistent race pace tomorrow and will be able to make up places in the race. If it rains, then we are confident that we'll be able to put a good set-up on the car and push to get into the points."