Toyota’s independent BTCC racer Frank Wrathall will start Sunday’s 22nd round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship from seventh on the grid after another strong qualifying showing by the Dynojet Racing team at Rockingham.
Frank’s Avensis lapped the Northamptonshire speedway with a best time of 1m 24.186s, just four-tenths off the pace of pole-sitter Jason Plato’s Chevrolet.
Wrathall had topped the timesheets mid-way through the session, which began in tricky damp conditions, but hopes of improving his pace in the final five minutes were thwarted when the session was halted by an accident involving the Airwaves Ford of Liam Griffin. The session was restarted with just over three minutes on the clock, enough for one flying lap, but no improvement to the Toyota’s time was forthcoming.
“I could have done with a couple more laps,” said 24-year-old Frank, “but overall I’m happy with seventh. We did not use up too many tyres and we are in good shape for tomorrow, so I’m pleased.”
Wrathall’s qualifying best was half a second better than he achieved in the day’s opening free practice session, in which the Toyota was quickest of the 26-car field, underlining the continuing improvements shown by the ‘Next Generation Touring Car’ during its debut BTCC season.
Sunday’s three Rockingham races – rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – are scheduled for 1130, 1400 and 1650. All the action will be live on ITV4 HD and itv.com.