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Airwaves BMW Tops Timesheets in Testing

Airwaves BMW

March 24th 2009

Airwaves BMW finished at the head of the pack when the chequered flag dropped on the official HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship test at Brands Hatch today (Tuesday).

Airwaves BMW Tops Timesheets in TestingRob Collard recorded an outstanding lap of 48.939s to oust reigning champion Fabrizio Giovanardi from the top slot in the afternoon session.  Earlier in the day his team-mate Jonny Adam posted the second-fastest time of the morning session, completing a flying lap of the 1.2-mile Brands Indy circuit in just 48.936s.

The results from testing at the team's local track have provided yet another encouraging boost for Airwaves BMW as it continues its preparations for the 2009 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship.  With a number of new sponsors on board and a strengthened roster of staff, the Kent-based independent outfit is confident of challenging for honours when the season kicks off at Brands Hatch on Sunday April 5.

Airwaves BMW Team Principal David Bartrum said:
"Today's results in testing at Brands Hatch were very positive.  As it's our local track we are always confident of running well here, and we know it also favours the strengths of the BMW 320si.  However, both Jonny and Rob really kicked it up a gear and showed that they will be serious contenders for race honours when the real action starts.  In the morning we set up Jonny for pure speed and Rob worked through a programme of different settings.  In the afternoon we switched that around and the results speak for themselves, both drivers really underlined their ability when given the opportunity to go for it.  Now everyone at Airwaves BMW is looking forward to the first round at Brands and we hope we can put on a great show for the fans at our home round."

BTCC official pre-season test, Brands Hatch:

AM session times

1. Fabrizio Giovanardi VX Racing Vauxhall Vectra 48.835secs
2. Jonathan Adam Airwaves BMW BMW 320si 48.936secs
3. Matt Neal VX Racing Vauxhall Vectra 49.039secs
4. Stephen Jelley Team RAC BMW 320si 49.142secs
5. Andrew Jordan VX Racing Vauxhall Vectra 49.187secs
6. Colin Turkington Team RAC BMW 320si 49.213secs
7. Rob Collard Airwaves BMW BMW 320si 49.242secs
8. Gordon Shedden Team Dynamics Honda Civic 49.297secs
9. Dave Pinkney Team Dynamics Honda Civic 49.650secs
10. John George TH Motorsport with JAG Honda Integra 49.935secs
11. Martyn Bell Sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Honda Integra 50.117secs
12. Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus ST 50.219secs
13. Martin Johnson Boulevard Team Racing Vauxhall Astra Coupe 50.459secs
14. Harry Vaulkhard Tempus Sport Chevrolet Lacetti 50.715secs
15. Liam McMillan Maxtreme SEAT Toledo 51.088secs

PM session times

1. Rob Collard Airwaves BMW BMW 320si 48.939secs
2. Fabrizio Giovanardi VX Racing Vauxhall Vectra 49.013secs
3. Matt Neal VX Racing Vauxhall Vectra 49.023secs
4. Gordon Shedden Team Dynamics Honda Civic 49.053secs
5. Andrew Jordan VX Racing Vauxhall Vectra 49.169secs
6. Colin Turkington Team RAC BMW 320si 49.389secs
7. Stephen Jelley Team RAC BMW 320si 49.435secs
8. Jonathan Adam Airwaves BMW BMW 320si 49.514secs
9. Harry Vaulkhard Tempus Sport Chevrolet Lacetti 49.584secs
10. Dave Pinkney Team Dynamics Honda Civic 49.592secs
11. Tom Chilton Team Aon Ford Focus ST 49.975secs
12. John George TH Motorsport with JAG Honda Integra 50.206secs
13. Martyn Bell Sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Honda Integra 50.355secs
14. Liam McMillan Maxtreme SEAT Toledo 50.372secs
15. Martin Johnson Boulevard Team Racing Vauxhall Astra Coupe 50.659secs