NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP, 3/6/97 THE Renault team and Alain Menu continue to lead the way in the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship with the Swiss ace heading team-mate Jason Plato in a Laguna 1-2 in...

NEWS FROM THE AUTO TRADER RAC TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP, 3/6/97 THE Renault team and Alain Menu continue to lead the way in the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship with the Swiss ace heading team-mate Jason Plato in a Laguna 1-2 in official testing at Donington Park today (Tues).

Menu -- runaway leader of the drivers' championship -- knocked more than half a second from his own qualifying record for the 1.96- mile Donington National circuit, lapping in 1m 10.938s, a quarter of a second faster than Plato.

The Volvo and Honda teams once again ran Renault closest. Kelvin Burt and Rickard Rydell ran third and fifth fastest respectively for Volvo, and Gabriele Tarquini and James Thompson were fourth and sixth in their Honda Accords.

Following the success of the first live BTCC telecast from Brands Hatch last month, BBC Grandstand's live cameras will again be present at Donington for rounds 11 and 12 -- the half-way point in the Auto Trader Championship -- on June 15. There's further BTCC testing at the Derby circuit next Thursday (Jun 12), with official qualifying on Saturday June 14. Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship Official testing, Donington Park, 3/6/97 1 Alain Menu (Switz), Renault Laguna, 1m 10.938s, 99.33mph; 2 Jason Plato (GB), Renault Laguna, 1m 11.247s; 3 Kelvin Burt (GB), Volvo S40, 1m 11.388s; 4 Gabriele Tarquini (It), Honda Accord, 1m 11.413s; 5 Rickard Rydell (Swe), Volvo S40, 1m 11.466s

------- www.btcc.co.uk

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Series General
Drivers James Thompson , Jason Plato , Kelvin Burt , Rickard Rydell , Gabriele Tarquini , Alain Menu