Easter weekend sees the second race event of the 2017 BTCC calendar at Donington Park circuit in Leicestershire.
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Qualifiers' results - less than a second from 1 to 23!
Of the 32 drivers in the BTCC line up at Donington Park, 23 completed the qualifiers with less than a second separating their race times, leaving the field wide open for Races 4 - 6 of the 2017 season.
After an action-packed Saturday session at the Leicestershire race circuit, Colin Turkington will take position 10 in the Easter Sunday race, Rob Collard qualified 13th and Andrew Jordan will start 14th on the grid.
On a circuit that is known to be less favourable towards the rear wheel drive of the BMWs, each driver confessed to being satisfied with their qualifying times, which were incredibly tight even by the nail-biting standards of the BTCC. Dick Bennetts, West Surrey Racing Team Principal, explained that:"To have 23 cars within a second of the pole time is extraordinary."
Each of the West Surrey Racing drivers was carrying ballast due to their success in Round 1 at Brands Hatch and each aims to build on their solid start to Round 2.
Andrew Jordan, racing in car #77, Rob Collard in #5 and Colin Turkington in #4 are hoping to build on their incredible start to the season at Brands Hatch. Each achieved podium places, with Rob and Colin gaining second places in race 2 and 3 respectively, while Andrew claimed the victor's slot in the third race.
Andrew Jordon in West Surrey Racing's Team BMW with Pirtek at Brands Hatch 2nd April 2017
Lichfield-based Andrew will no doubt be hoping to gain further glory at his local race circuit, while Rob and Colin are aiming for the top spot this time. In advance of the Easter weekend, the drivers assessed the challenge ahead. Rob Collard commented: "Donington is a fantastic circuit; the track where I took my first win of 2016 and one I love, despite it tending to favour front-wheel-drive cars. I achieved my first podium in the BTCC at Donington, and I've won there twice in BMWs, so that gives me a lot of encouragement heading into the weekend."
Colin Turkington said: "I'm looking forward to Donington as it's a great track and one where I've won in the past...I'm optimistic about what we can achieve."
Donington Park’s motorsport circuit is located near Castle Donington in Leicestershire, England and was originally part of the Donington Hall Estate. It was created as a racing circuit during the pre-war period and became the first permanent park circuit in England in 1931, ending the race circuit monopoly that Brooklands had held since 1907. It was closed in 1939 at the start of World War 2 and turned into a military vehicle depot.
The circuit was bought by local business man and car collector, Tom Wheatcroft, in 1971, who funded the rebuilding of the track. Under his ownership, the circuit underwent significant restoration work which led to the track being reopened in 1977. In the early years of the 21st century it had a slightly chequered history, but in January 2017 the circuit was acquired by MotorSport Vision, who have leased the surrounding Donington Park Estate until 2038.
Donington Park is hosting the BTCC event on 15th and 16th April, round 4-6 of the 2017 season.
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