Article date: 2 September 2006
- Round 8 - Knockhill - Qualifying
Team RAC took to the Knockhill Circuit this afternoon withbio-ethanol fuel in its tanks to qualify for the first of tomorrowsDunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races at the ScottishCircuit.
It was the first time that the MG ZS' of Colin Turkington andRob Collard had run competitively following the change of fueltype, and the indications were good right from the first practicesession with Colin Turkington setting the fastest lap time andmaking the most of the dry conditions.
Qualifying proved more of a challenge with the changing trackconditions making the tyre choice difficult. Colin Turkingtoncompleted the entire session on a full set of wet-weather tyreswith his best time of 58.223s placing him 6th on the grid. He said:"That wasn't an easy qualifying session as it was quite greasy outon track making it difficult to generate front end grip. It'sdifficult to set-up the car with those kind of conditions but weproved this morning that the car is quick and I'm more thanconfident for the race tomorrow. I just hope it's either wet or dryand not in between!"
Making the change to bio-ethanol, Colin added: "The change offuel has been seamless and it doesn't appear to have any negativeeffects or cause us any dramas at all."
Whilst Rob Collard started the session on wet-weather tyres,later on the switch to slick tyres on the front looked the rightdecision. As the track began to dry, the change didn't come quitesoon enough for Rob to improve on his 9th place on the grid(58.352s). Rob explained: "I went out on wet tyres and things weregoing well with the car feeling good. As the track started to drywe considered changing to a combination of slicks and wets. I couldsee that those cars with the same set-up improved on their timesand I'm sure with a couple of extra laps and some more heat in thetyres I could have got a faster lap. I need to get a good start inthe race tomorrow to be in with a chance of a podium, something Ireally want this weekend."
SEAT Sports Jason Plato took pole position after setting a timeof 57.467s during the final stages of the session.
The eighth BTCC round at Knockhill will be transmitted on ITV1on Sunday 3 September starting at 15:00hrs. The programme willinclude highlights from race one and two with race three beingshown live in its entirety. Satellite viewers can watch all threeraces live on Motors TV commencing at 10:20hrs. Further informationon programme replays can be found at www.teamrac.com
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