BTCC legend Alain Menu says his Brands Hatch weekend hasn't been all lost just yet as the BMR driver is still targeting a potential opportunity to grab a podium at the finale.

Menu qualified 13th during yesterday's hectic wet-dry qualifying thriller despite at one point looking odds on to pull off a famous comeback pole-position around the Brands Hatch GP circuit.

The 1997 and 2000 BTCC champion was the first to roll the dice on the slick Dunlop tyre and gained a march on the majority of the field along Honda's Gordon Shedden and eventual pole man Jason Plato.

But after coming in for new front tyres as everyone continued to pound the laps, Menu was ultimately caught out by the untimely red flag with three minutes to go.

"I did everything right and because I was the first to come in for slicks I managed to do probably two or three more laps than everyone else," Menu told

"So then with six/seven minutes to go I came in for two front tyres. I'm pretty sure third position would have been possible after that.

"Then I could only manage the one lap but then of course on the first run the tyres were not completely warm and then I had traffic on the final corner. So that cost me a lot of time. But anyway, it was the red flag that cost me, which is a big shame.

"If I'd have stayed out before I would have probably finished up in the top seven but I was sure I could get more out of the session. Just my bloody luck this year, it's crazy!"

Menu is still confident that his weekend is not completely over having already displayed his VW CC machine is a potentially formidable force around the GP circuit.

"I can still go for a podium I think in race three. It depends what happens in the first races. We have guys in front of me who I know we are faster than. So it's not all lost," he continued.

"We've seen many times with the reversed grid that anything can happen. Look at Giovanardi at Silverstone. Nowhere in qualifying then he ended up fighting for the podium in race three. Anything can happen!"



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