Motor racing: Menu maintains his pace
Saturday 28 June 1997
The 13th and 14th rounds of the series could be the most closely contested so far this season as less than a second separates the top 12 drivers although Menu, in his Renault Laguna, was the only man to record a time less than 1min 21sec.
The Swiss driver is just over a tenth of a second quicker than the Honda of the Italian former Formula One driver, Gabriele Tarquini.
Menu's team-mate, Jason Plato, who was quickest in testing at Croft last week, was back in eighth position. Plato damaged his car in a gravel trap roll-over accident and although unhurt, will race in the spare car for this weekend's races, with official qualifying taking place today.
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