Rydell claims double pole

Super Swede Rickard Rydell proved the class of the field today at Silverstone in qualifying for rounds 11 and 12 of BTCC.

Rydell claims double pole

The Ford Mondeo racer hardly put a wheel wrong to claim pole position for both tomorrow's races at the Northamptonshire track.

Said Rydell: "I caught traffic in my first qualifying session and made a couple of small mistakes in the second, but it's been a good weekend so far. I hope it goes as well tomorrow."

British drivers will fill second and third spots on the grid for both races. Honda's James Thompson secured second for round 11 in his Accord while Ford's Anthony Reid claimed third. For round 12, Reid will start second on the grid in the Mondeo with Vauxhall's Jason Plato third in a Vectra.

Team Dynamics star Matt Neal was quickest of the Michelin Cup for Independents runners for round 11, claiming ninth place overall, while PRO Motorsport's Colin Blair set the fastest Independent time for round 12, again in ninth overall.

The 1991 BTCC Champion Will Hoy, making his debut in Class B this weekend, was quickest in that division in a Touring Car VIP Club Peugeot 306.

Top 10 qualifying times, round 10
1 Rickard Rydell, Ford Team Mondeo, 1m23.125s
2 Anthony Reid, Ford Team Mondeo, 1m23.313s
3 Jason Plato, Vauxhall Motorsport, 1m23.416s
4 Yvan Muller, Vauxhall Motorsport, 1m23.458s
5 James Thompson, Redstone Team Honda, 1m23.554s
6 Tom Kristensen, Redstone Team Honda, 1m23.617s
7 Alain Menu, Ford Team Mondeo, 1m23.630s
8 Vincent Radermecker, Vauxhall Motorsport, 1m23.685s
9 Colin Blair*, PRO Motorsport, 1m26.137s
10 Will Hoy**, Touring Car VIP Club, 1m32.071s

Top 10 qualifying times, round 11
1 Rikard Rydell, Ford Team Mondeo, 1m23.492s
2 James Thompson, Redstone Team Honda, 1m23.572s
3 Anthony Reid, Ford Team Mondeo, 1m23.758s
4 Gabriele Tarquini, Redstone Team Honda, 1m23.875s
5 Tom Kristensen, Redstone Team Honda, 1m23.997s
6 Alain Menu, Ford Team Mondeo, 1m24.056s
7 Jason Plato, Vauxhall Motorsport, 1m24.139s
8 Yvan Muller, Vauxhall Motorsport, 1m24.179s
9 Matt Neal*, Team Dynamics, 1m24.586s
10 Vincent Radermecker, Vauxhall Motorsport, 1m24.667s

*= Michelin Cup for Independents
**= Class B

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