By karlbowdrey, Apr 2 2016 04:11PM
The opening weekend of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship got underway at Brands Hatch this weekend where Maximum Motorsport, the new boys in the BTCC paddock were fielding their stunning green Ford Focus ST for the first time.
Stewart Lines, team owner and driver was piloting the Ford Focus ST around the short Indy circuit. Lines completed a total of 38 laps during the free practice sessions where the team focused on tyre preparations and mechanical checks.
Qualifying got underway at 15:40 which started in the Kent sunshine before turning to light rain mid-session. Lines, who is still getting use to the new car and new challenge for 2016 was continually improving on each lap with times falling from 58’s to to 49’s in only a matter of laps.
Lines put in his best lap time of 49:992 on lap 14, relatively early on in the session just before the drizzle struck. Lines said “The car feels great. There is still a little more to do to get it 100%, but the change in the weather made things a little tricky. There was a sudden drop in temperature” Lines will begin the opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship from towards the rear of the grid in 30th position. “I’m not overly happy with starting 30th, but someone has too. Things didn’t go how I wanted them too, I couldn’t get a clean lap and when I did I made a silly mistake but now I have a challenge on my hands.”
Race 1 gets underway at 11:32am on Sunday 03/04/2016.