VX Racing’s Fabrizio Giovanardi and Tom Chilton suffered from mixed misfortunes in today’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship qualifying at Donington Park.
Current BTCC Drivers Championship leader Giovanardi struggled throughout the 30-minute session with a problem related to the engine. The Italian, who leads by one point ahead of arch-rival SEAT’s Jason Plato, was forced to repeatedly come into the pits and finished in a disappointing 15th place in the end.
Team-mate Tom Chilton had the team hoping for a good result and was running in sixth position until the end with only 0.600s off pole position time. After qualifying, however, the Vauxhall Vectra failed the weight check by two kilograms which led to Chilton loosing all of his quick lap times. The 22-year-old will start from the back of the grid tomorrow.
The first of tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) three races at the Leicestershire circuit will start at 10:00.
Originally Posted by Fabrizio GiovanardiOriginally Posted by Tom ChiltonOriginally Posted by Alex Somerset, Giovanardi’s Race Engineer