Article date: 23 September 2006
- Round nine - Brands Hatch - Qualifying
Both Team RAC cars will line-up on the third row of the grid forthe first of tomorrow's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championshipraces at Brands Hatch. Colin Turkington (Portadown, NI) and RobCollard (Everseley, Hampshire) qualified fifth and sixthrespectively with both drivers improving on their lap times fromthe days earlier free practice sessions.
Recording a time of 49.639secs, Colin secured fifth place lining upon the circuit directly behind current championship leader MattNeal. With a 53-point deficit to reduce the Northern Irishman willbe eager to achieve a good getaway to keep in contention. Havingsuffered with power steering problems in free practice, it wasn'tuntil the afternoon's qualifying session that the bio-ethanolfuelled MG ZS began to show its pace.
Colin said: "I'm quite pleased with that result considering theproblems I suffered earlier today. The car didn't feel perfect butI'm still up at the sharp end behind my rivals and it leaves me ina good position for the race. Before I went out there were a fewguys who I wanted to put behind me and I've achieved that."
Competing on one of his favourite circuits and having achieved arace win at Brands Hatch last year, Rob is in confident moodheading into tomorrow's racing action. Completing the Team RACthird row lineout with a lap time of 49.701secs, Rob said: "I'mpleased to have qualified sixth and match Colin for pace. I thoughtI might have just out-qualified him for a while but he pipped me toit in the final stages. It's important to get a good start in thefirst race tomorrow and a podium is certainly within reach."
Pole position went to SEAT Sport's Jason Plato with a lap time of49.368secs.
The ninth BTCC round at Brands Hatch will be transmitted on ITV1 onSunday 24 September starting at 3pm. The programme will includehighlights from race one and two with race three being shown livein its entirety. Satellite viewers can watch all three races liveon Motors TV commencing at 10.20am. Further information onprogramme replays can be found at www.teamrac.com.
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