Anthony Reid has given MG Sport and Racing two second row starts for tomorrow's rounds five and six of the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton. Reid lines up third for the Sprint Race and fourth for the Feature, while team-mate Warren Hughes is fifth and seventh.
“We've really improved since we tested here,” said Anthony. “We're a second a half quicker today, and I'm really pleased to be starting the first race from third on the grid. It's still only our third meeting with the car, but there is so much more to come. We're in with a good chance of a podium from third – we'd need some good fortune to win!”
Warren was carrying more weight in his MG ZS EX260, success ballast after his podium finish at Oulton Park two weeks ago, and felt that had effected his qualifying.
“I'd have to say that the extra weight has hurt us,” said Warren. “We're quick through the chicane, but it's just making me slow at top speed.”
Colin Turkington lines his Team Atomic Kitten MG ZS ninth and eleventh for tomorrow's races, the Ulsterman disappointed after being a pace setter in the morning's Free Practice.
“We were going really well this morning,” said Colin, “so I was hoping to qualifying higher. But I'm confident for the race and we'll see what happens then.”
Team Atomic Kitten team-mate Gareth Howell had a difficult qualifying, being forced to sit out most of the session after losing a wheel on his MG. “My own wheel overtook me,” said Gareth, who will have to start from the back of the Touring Class grid in the Feature Race, and lines up twelth in the first race. “It was in one of the quick corners, but I had already felt something was wrong and was easing off. The car was feeling really good – I'm hoping for two strong races tomorrow.”
The Sprint Race is scheduled for 12.40 and the Feature for 16.15 tomorrow afternoon at Thruxton circuit, in Hampshire.
1 Yvan Muller F Vauxhall Motorsport Astra 1min16.567secs
2 James Thompson GB Vauxhall Motorsport Astra 1min16.588secs
3 Anthony Reid GB MG Sport and Racing ZS EX260 1min17.990secs
4 Matt Neal GB Egg Sport Vauxhall Astra 1min17.698secs
5 Warren Hughes GB MG Sport and Racing ZS EX260 1min17.905secs
6 Andy Priaulx GB Honda Racing Civic Type-R 1min17.918secs
7 Tim Harvey GB Team Halfords Peugeot 406 Coupe 1min18.148secs
8 Paul O'Neill GB Egg Sport Vauxhall Astra 1min18.510secs
9 Colin Turkington GB Team Atomic Kitten MG ZS EX259 1min18.546secs
10 Aaron Slight NZ Barwell Motorsport Vauxhall Astra 1min18.606secs
1 Yvan Muller F Vauxhall Motorsport Astra 1min16.369secs
2 James Thompson GB Vauxhall Motorsport Astra 1min16.565secs
3 Matt Neal GB Egg Sport Vauxhall Astra 1min17.165secs
4 Anthony Reid GB MG Sport and Racing ZS EX260 1min17.381secs
5 Andy Priaulx GB Honda Racing Civic Type-R 1min17.628secs
6 Dan Eaves GB Team Halfords Peugeot 406 Coupe 1min17.747secs
7 Warren Hughes GB MG Sport and Racing ZS EX260 1min17.832secs
8 Paul O'Neill GB Egg Sport Vauxhall Astra 1min18.291secs
9 Aaron Slight NZ Barwell Motorsport Vauxhall Astra 1min18.310secs
10 Tim Harvey GB Team Halfords Peugeot 406 Coupe 1min18.318secs