Motor racing: Nissans given a rough ride by Rydell
Monday 03 May 1999
The Volvo driver was marginally faster than the Nissan pair, David Leslie and Laurent Aiello, in both qualifying sessions and reckons he has a good chance of winning the two races today. "This is a very strong circuit for us," the Swede said, "but I had hoped we'd be further ahead of the Nissans."
While Rydell has put his championship challenge back on the right road after difficult times in the opening rounds, the current points leader, James Thompson, is faced with mounting a damage limitation operation as his all-new Honda Accord languished down qualifying lists in 10th and eighth places.
"We're just struggling for grip here, so we've got to look at the bigger picture," the 25-year-old Yorkshireman said. "The championship wont be won and lost here, so I've just got to make sure I score as many points as I can and then we can get on with our test programme and develop the car."
Jason Plato is well placed to strengthen his second place in the points table, with a pair of second row grid slots, as he and the Williams team work hard to sort out a radically reworked Renault Laguna.
Thruxton's bumpy 150-mph corners make it one of the most challenging circuits the series visits and a well-tuned chassis makes all the difference. Even Rydell admitted: "You never find a good balance at Thruxton. It's either bad or really bad."
n Three spectators were killed when a wheel and debris flew into the stands after a crash on the 62nd lap of an Indycar race in Concord, North Carolina, on Saturday.
BTCC qualifying times,
Digest, page 15
Latest in Sport
Perth midfielder Ruben Zadkovich sent off 17 seconds after coming on against Wellington
England vs Samoa match report: England finally end losing streak as Jonny May stars in unspectacular win ahead of Wallabies showdown
Manchester United transfer news: Robin van Persie could leave this summer with Edinson Cavani and Thomas Muller on United wish-list
Arsenal vs Manchester United match report: Wayne Rooney and a Keiran Gibbs own goal make Gunners rue missed chances
Arsenal vs Manchester United player ratings: Who was the star man? Jack Wilshere, Wayne Rooney, Kieran Gibbs or David de Gea?
- 1 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 3 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 4 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
- 5 Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabaab militants kill 28 non-Muslims who failed to recite Koran
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
Voluntary Only - Expenses Reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: A trustee (company d...
£45000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join a successful an...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Digital Sales Account Manager...