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News 2012: Redstone Racing Knockhill Qualifying Report

August 25th

P9 for Jackson in NGTC's first run

Redstone Racing look to have cured recent qualifying woes during this afternoon's session at Knockhill – with both the S2000 and NGTC Focus ST's securing top ten positions for the opening race of Round 7 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, tomorrow 26th August.

BTCC rookie and Motorsport Ireland's Young Driver of the Year 2011 Aron Smith pulled out all the stops in his S2000 Focus posting a 57.478 lap and narrowly missed out on a 2nd place spot before finishing the session in P3 – his and the Redstone team's best qualifying result this season.

Likewise, team-mate Mat Jackson had another successful test run in the new Mountune-powered NGTC Focus during the machines first ever drive in the wet – bringing it home in impressive 9th position.

Round 7 of the BTCC featuring races 19, 20 and 21 take place at Knockhill Circuit tomorrow, Sunday 26th September. Live coverage of day's events will be shown on ITV4, and also in HD from 11.30am – 6pm.

Smith impresses with P3 finish

Redstone Racing Team Manager Oly Collins said:
"An awesome result for the whole team with an outstanding drive by Aron when it mattered to get P3 – the best qualifying result for the team this year. Also an outstanding result for the new car as it was its maiden run in the wet. Now we're looking forward to tomorrow, a massive well done to the whole team."

Redstone Racing Driver Mat Jackson said:
"It's a good start. Obviously we were heading into the unknown for us; not knowing how the car was going to perform in the rain. We made some changes after this morning's session, got some great data from the car and we're making improvements to the car all the time. Overall we've very pleased with P9 for the first wet run, we're still learning each time this car turns a wheel."

Redstone Racing Driver Aron Smith said:
"As soon as we went out in the session the car just felt so good with the work that the team had done and felt like it was on rails – so I knew it was going to be quick once I made the most out of the lap. Up until about halfway we were sixth which would still have been my best one of the year so I would have been happy with that. We made one final change and that just gave me the edge to get those couple more tenths to get me to third on the grid - it's a dream come true." 

Event Information:
Knockhill Circuit length: 1.27 miles
Laps: 24
Race distance: 30.51 miles
Knockhill Racing Circuit Limited
Dunfermline, Fife KY12 9TF
Ticket hotline: 01383 723337