Turkington on top at Rockingham

Colin Turkington posted the quickest time at Rockingham as the 2009 field assembled for the annual media day and season launch.

The Team RAC driver, looking to secure the Independents' title for the third straight season, posted a quickest time of 1min 23.609secs from a busy day which saw him complete over 60 laps on a cold but dry afternoon at the Northamptonshire circuit.

Turkington ended the day three-tenths of a second quicker than defending champion Fabrizio Giovanardi, while Turkington's Team RAC team-mate Stephen Jelley was third quickest and a tenth behind the Vauxhall man.

Matt Neal and Andrew Jordan slotted into fourth and fifth, while the top six was rounded out by the Team Dynamics Honda of Gordon Shedden, complete with striking new black livery.

Harry Vaulkhard was seventh for Tempus Sport followed by Rob Collard, Dave Pinkney and the Team Honda Integra, which turned laps in the hands of both Martyn Bell and Paul O'Neill before the team was sidelined by an engine problem.

Johnny Adam was limited to just six laps before a diff issue sidelined his Airwaves BMW while a gearbox problem meant fellow rookie Liam McMillan was late joining the session and only completed limited laps.

John George was 13th in his Honda Integra while engine problems left Tom Chilton's Ford Focus in 14th place. Martin Johnson's Vauxhall Astra Coupe completed the 15 cars to set a time, with the Cartridge World Carbon Zero Racing car of Dan Eaves also turned laps but didn't log a time. A suspension issue meant Adam Jones' car remained in the garage.

BTCC Media Day test – Rockingham:

1. Colin Turkington Team RAC BMW 320si 1min 23.609secs I
2. Fabrizio Giovanardi VX Racing Vauxhall Vectra 1min 23.997secs M
3. Stephen Jelley Team RAC BMW 320si 1min 24.410secs I
4. Matt Neal VX Racing Vauxhall Vectra 1min 24.193secs M
5. Andrew Jordan VX Racing Vauxhall Vectra 1min 24.223secs M
6. Gordon Shedden Team Dynamics Honda Civic 1min 24.329secs I
7. Harry Vaulkhard Tempus Sport Chevrolet Lacetti 1min 24.746secs I
8. Rob Collard Airwaves BMW BMW 320si 1min 24.823secs I
9. Dave Pinkney Team Dynamics Honda Civic 1min 25.287secs I
10. Martyn Bell Team Honda Integra 1min 25.506secs I B
11. Jonathan Adam Airwaves BMW BMW 320si 1min 26.003secs I
12. Liam McMillan Maxtreme SEAT Toledo 1min 26.208secs I
13. John George TH Motorsport with JAG Honda Integra 1min 27.001secs I B
14. Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus ST 1min 27.218secs I
15. Martin Johnson Boulevard Team Racing Vauxhall Astra Coupe 1min 27.519secs I B

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Andrew Jordan - West Surrey Racing BMW [pic credit WSR]

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hawth - Unregistered

March 19, 2009 9:13 PM

Nice to see some track action after the winter break. 2 comments: 1) reliability looks to be an issue for most teams, a real mix of problems through the grid. I was hoping the Focus ST would be quicker out the box after its first test sounded positive. 2) Anyone know if Jason Plato will make the start? i've been looking out for news but nothing so far. i feel the championship is a bit flat without the prospect of him banging doors with a Vauxhall. From the entry list it looks like there are only seats in a Chevvy or the Focus ST (neither of which look to be quick) Anyway roll on the start of the season, this series should be more entertaining that F1

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