TRIPLE TOP TEN FOR PINKNEY AT THRUXTON David Pinkney enjoyed a solid start to the new Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Thruxton, securing three top ten finishes from the first three races of the 2010 campaign. After a...
TRIPLE TOP TEN FOR PINKNEY AT THRUXTON
David Pinkney enjoyed a solid start to the new Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Thruxton, securing three top ten finishes from the first three races of the 2010 campaign.
After a limited pre-season testing programme, Thruxton marked David's first race weekend with his new Vauxhall Vectra, powered by the NGTC engine developed by Swindon Engines over the winter.
The Harpenden racer qualified 13th on the grid at the high-speed Hampshire circuit, but a fine run in the opening race of the weekend saw David battle through to eighth place.
David followed that with a tenth place finish in race two and was well placed to secure another top eight finish in the final race of the weekend before a slight error at Church saw him run wide and drop back to tenth.
However, three top ten finishes from the weekend leave David eleventh in the overall championship standings and sixth amongst the Independents, while his Pinkney Motorsport team sits eighth and fifth respectively.
"This is the first time I've picked up three top ten finishes on a weekend which is pleasing, but it could have been better if I hadn't run wide at Church in the final race," David said at the end of the weekend. "I got ahead of the two Fords and was closing on Andy Neate but just got onto the grass and lost speed, which cost me a few places.
"The chassis was brilliant this weekend but the extra weight we carry at the front of the car with the new engine affects the handling, so we haven't got the package right just yet. The team has been blinding this weekend, they've worked like clockwork and I'm proud of them all. We had a good weekend, we enjoyed it and now we are looking forward to Rockingham."
Team manager Andrew Dean was also pleased with the team's performance in its first race weekend together, and said the results gained left the team confident for the remainder of the campaign.
"It's been a solid performance from the team throughout the weekend," he said. "We are still learning about the car and made changes during the weekend which allowed us to maintain our level of performance. We know there is still time to come to allow us to challenge for podium finishes, but that time will come.
"The Swindon Engine was reliable in its first race meeting and they were helpful with their support during the weekend. There is still some development work to do but we are looking forwards to Rockingham and the rest of the season with fresh optimism."
-source: david pinkney