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9th Aug

Running issues on the bright green Focus left Stewart Lines in a vulnerable position following the Qualifying session. As the session came to a halt the team set to work on finding and tackling the problem

Starting in 30th for the opening race of the weekend, Lines knew he had his work cut out for him in order to achieve the points finish he wanted. As the race began, Lines managed to keep out of trouble, making up 3 places on the opening lap alone. By the time the chequered flag was deployed Lines had made up a spectacular 9 places, finishing in 21st.

Optimistic ahead of Race 2, Lines knew a points finish was in clear sight in race 3, however the Red Flag halted the session after only one lap.

Forced to take to the grass as a multiple car incident resulted in contact, the front end of the car was damaged. However, entering the pits just as the Red Flag was deployed meant that Lines had to take to the back of the grid upon restart.

Lines managed to keep the Focus on track and out of danger as competitors dropped off. As the chequered flag was deployed, Lines took 18th position – his best finish of the 2016 season.

Lines said “It’s great that we are making progress with the car… I… managed to avoid getting caught up in the incident but did get some damage in doing so. Which unfortunately put us to the back of the grid for the restart.”

Race 3 saw the Red Flag deployed before the pack even made turn 1. Lines managed to avoid contact as an incident behind resulted in Hunter Abbots cars barrel rolling through the air making contact with an ITV camera tower.

Lines completed the final, shortened race of the weekend in 21st position. Lines’ thoughts on the day: “Driving Standards have to be questioned this weekend – it's affected the whole weekends running. It’s such a shame as thing were looking good for us. I’m just pleased everyone is ok.”   The next round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship takes place at Knockhill, Fife on 13th & 14th August.

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