PINKNEY BATTLES TO POINTS AT SNETTERTON David Pinkney secured his sixth top-ten finish of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season after battling back from a disappointing start to race day at Snetterton. The Harpenden-racer...
PINKNEY BATTLES TO POINTS AT SNETTERTON
David Pinkney secured his sixth top-ten finish of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season after battling back from a disappointing start to race day at Snetterton.
The Harpenden-racer qualified in 14th place at the high-speed Norfolk circuit as the wheel of his Pinkney Motorsport Vauxhall Vectra but the opening race of the weekend ended in disappointment when David ran wide at Coram on the second lap and was forced to retire with damage to the front of his car.
That left him at the back of the field for the second race of the weekend, but after avoiding an incident ahead on the opening lap, David produced a battling drive that saw him come through the field to finish just outside the points in eleventh.
From the same position on the grid for the final race, David held eleventh through the opening lap before moving into the points when leader James Nash went off the road at Riches. David then battled for position with Lea Wood before getting ahead of the Honda driver on lap four and held the place through to lap twelve when he ran wide on the exit of Sear to drop behind Paul O'Neill.
David remained tenth until the penultimate lap, closing onto the rear of Andy Neate and O'Neill ahead, and when O'Neill made a move on Neate's BMW at the Esses, David saw the chance to follow him through as he went down the inside into the Bombhole to secure ninth place.
"We can't complain with eleventh and ninth after the way race one came to an end," he reflected afterwards. "We know we still have work to do on the car as we are lacking front-end grip, which was partly to blame for what happened in the first race, but we bounced back with two solid races after that.
"Missing the test here didn't help us and meant we were on the back foot back a bit coming into the weekend but we scored some points and in the last race, it was good to be involved in a fight on track. At the end of the day, we are here to race, and it gets the adrenaline running when you are involved in a battle like we were."
Team manager Andrew Dean agreed with David that a points finish was a good way to bounce back from the earlier disappointment, with the team now hoping to build on the ninth place when the series heads to Silverstone in a fortnight.
"It was a disappointing start to the day in race one but we made changes to the car which allowed us to fight up the field in race two," he said. "It would have been nice to get into the points, but we were content with eleventh. More changes before race three meant the car was more drivable and we were able to challenge. It was disappointing when Paul got ahead, but David made a good move on Andy to get ninth. It's a boost to morale to get back into the points after some of the bad luck we've had and we've got a good base to work from when we get to Silverstone."
-source: David Pinkney