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The finished machine is set to appear in the BTCC paddock at Silverstone later in the year. Wrathall boosts qualifying record Frank Wrathall’s pole position at Snetterton not only marked the first time he had topped the qualifying time-sheets – it also improved his position amongst the best qualifiers on the grid this season. Pole for the Dynojet man means he now has a qualifying average of 5.6667 after six rounds of the year, which has put him level with defending champion Matt Neal. Jason Plato is still the man to beat with a qualifying average of 2.8333 ahead fo Andy Jordan, with an average of 3.1667. Qualifying averages (top six): 1. Jason Plato 2.8333 2. Andrew Jordan 3.1667 3. Matt Neal 5.6667 www.insidebtcc.com

4. Frank Wrathall 5.6667 5. Rob Collard 5.8333 6. Dave Newsham 6.6667 AmD, RAR to miss Knockhill AmDTuning.com and Rob Austin Racing will both miss the Knockhill meeting. After a difficult weekend at Snetterton, AmD has elected to sit out the Scottish race weekend and go testing to work on car development and to unlock more performance for the final three rounds of the year at Rockingham, Silverstone and Brands Hatch. Regular driver Ollie Jackson will be joined at the test by former Clio Cup champion Phil Glew, who raced alongside Jackson in the Lotus Sport UK team in the British GT Championship last season. “We had a difficult weekend at Snetterton and have taken the decision to miss Knockhill so we can go away and do some testing and get our head around a few

things,” team boss Shaun Hollamby said. “There are a things on the car that we want to examine and it is better to go away and do that during a few days of testing than to try and do it on a race weekend with all the extra pressures and time constraints that that involves. “Instead of going to Knockhill, we’ll go back to Snetterton in the break before Rockingham for two days to look at different settings and Phil will also be on hand to drive the car alongside Ollie. They know each other from the Lotus programme in British GT and it will be good to get feedback from two drivers on the changes we make so we can then move forwards for the remainder of the season.” Knockhill will be the first meeting the AmDTuning. com team has missed since joining the BTCC at the start of 2010, although the team was forced to sit out race day at Silverstone during its debut campaign after a

broken alternator belt damaged the engine. Rob Austin Racing meanwhile has taken the decision to miss the event due to the ongoing budget issues it has faced since joining the grid last season, although team boss Rob Austin will be present in a watching capacity. “It’s no secret our budget is tight and, as much as I love Knockhill, I’ve had to let my head rule my heart on this one,” he said. “I’ll still be there as it’s an event I wouldn’t miss for the world and it’ll be interesting having time to see how some of the bigger teams operate.” Tony Gilham meanwhile will focus on overseeing his Team HARD outfit, with Thorney Motorsport having made it clear at Snetterton that it wouldn’t be going to Scotland.

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