Rydell dominates Donington qualifying

Ford's Rickard Rydell took pole for both of Monday's British Touring Car Championship rounds.

Rydell dominates Donington qualifying

The Mondeo Racing team proved it had the best car around the Leicestershire circuit by scoring a 1-2-3 in both sessions, with Anthony Reid in second spot for the Sprint race, and Alain Menu securing that spot for the feature.

"It's a great feeling to have two pole positions," said Rydell, after qualifying, yesterday. "I'm very pleased to see Ford 1-2-3 for both races. I feel very confident for tomorrow; the team should have two really good races as long as everything goes well."

Ford opened its account at Brands Hatch two weeks ago, with Vauxhall's Rickard Rydell taking another victory. However, Vauxhall appeared less well prepared for rounds 3 and 4, with the Vectras in 7th, 8th and 9th for both races - behind Ford's Mondeos and the works Honda Accords.

Peter Kox steps in for the concussed James Thompson, and qualified sixth for the sprint and the feature.

Alan Morrison won pole for both rounds in class B, whilst Colin Blair and Matt Neal took top honours in Independent qualifying - Matt Neal was put to the back of the grid in the sprint due to a ride height infringement.

Sprint race
1 Rickard RYDELL Ford Mondeo Zetec 1:10.021
2 Anthony REID Ford Mondeo Zetec 1:10.078
3 Alain MENU Ford Mondeo Zetec 1:10.093
4 Gabriele TARQUINI Honda Accord 1:10.294
5 Tom KRISTENSEN Honda Accord 1:10.705
6 Peter KOX Honda Accord 1:11.161
7 Yvan MULLER Vauxhall Vectra 1:11.220
8 Jason PLATO Vauxhall Vectra 1:11.288
9 V RADERMECKER Vauxhall Vectra 1:11.337
10 Colin BLAIR GBR Nissan Primera GT 1:12.586
11 B Alan MORRISON GBR Peugeot 306 GTi 1:18.489
12 B James KAYE GBR Honda Accord 1:19.267
13 B Mark LEMMER GBR Honda Integra R 1:19.368
14 B Robert COLLARD GBR Nissan Primera 1:20.233
15 B Marc NORDON GBR Nissan Primera 1:22.463
16 B Marc NORDON GBR Nissan Primera 1:22.463

Feature race

1 Rickard RYDELL Ford Mondeo Zetec 1:09.929
2 Alain MENU Ford Mondeo Zetec 1:10.003
3 Anthony REID Ford Mondeo Zetec 1:10.051
4 Gabriele TARQUINI Honda Accord 1:10.099
5 Tom KRISTENSEN Honda Accord 1:10.109
6 Peter KOX Honda Accord 1:10.268
7 Matt NEAL Nissan Primera GT 1:10.523
8 V RADERMECKER Vauxhall Vectra 1:10.665
9 Yvan MULLER Vauxhall Vectra 1:10.762
10 Jason PLATO Vauxhall Vectra 1:11.092
11 Colin BLAIR Nissan Primera GT 1:12.316
12 B Alan MORRISON Peugeot 306 GTi 1:18.005
13 B James KAYE Honda Accord 1:19.089
14 B Mark LEMMER Honda Integra R 1:19.556
15 B Marc NORDON Nissan Primera 1:20.136
16 B Robert COLLARD Nissan Primera 1:20.239

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