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Hynes Unlocks Set-Up Secrets On His Quantel BiFold Racing MG
Posted by: newsla on Aug 27, 2014 - 06:56 AM
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Hynes Unlocks Set-Up Secrets On His Quantel BiFold Racing MG


Marc Hynes believes he has unlocked some set-up secrets on his Quantel BiFold Racing MG ahead of the remaining three rounds of the British Touring Car Championship after three bumper-crunching races at Knockhill in Scotland last weekend.

 

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Former British F3 champion Hynes, who pilots an MG6, was returning to the Fife venue, which is known for its undulations and blind crests, for the first time in 16 years. “Not a lot had changed, really,” explained Hynes, who had last driven at the track in a single-seater Formula Renault machine in 1997. “But, it was my first time there in a saloon racing car so I played myself in gently in the first practice session. When it rained in second free practice, that tactic proved to be a misjudgment. We lost track time there so I was going in to qualifying trying to learn how to attack the circuit and work on the set-up of the car. We were on the back foot unfortunately.”

Despite that setback, Hynes was only 0.4s behind the pole winning MG and lined up on the sixth row of the grid.

Race one went well for the MG6 racer as he was battling with the leading train of cars before an accident unfolded in front of him to scupper his chances. He was up to ninth position when two cars crashed ahead. As rivals took avoiding action, Hynes was hit in the rear by another racer and that damaged his MG’s suspension He wrestled the injured car to a 16th position finish but was frustrated that he hadn’t been able to show his true pace.

In race two, there was an identical situation on the first lap when a crash ahead caused the pack to check up and Hynes was once again drilled from behind by a rival, which pushed him in to another car. It damaged the steering and left him struggling. “It was like a motorway pile-up,” he said. “Everyone was slamming on the brakes to avoid the trouble ahead, and I bumped in to someone. Everyone was going everywhere.”

He nevertheless regained the track and finished the race, but the officials censured him for his part in the crash and he was consigned to a 28th place start for the finale. “We made some changes to the car for the last race, and the handling was great,” reported Hynes, who battled up through the traffic jam ahead to finish in 15th position.

“The car was very drivable and a good step forwards, I just wanted the race to go on and on,” he said. “I could see those in front, and I was able to catch and pass them all. It has given me real optimism because I think we have learned a lot from Knockhill and we took a positive direction with the car. Although the results aren’t there yet, I am learning all the time and every race teaches me something new. We just need everything to come together and we are on the verge of landing the big results.”

The next rounds of the series at are at Rockingham on September 7. Even though it is a circuit that Hynes hasn’t raced on before, he has targeted a trouble free weekend and improved results. “Given the way the car handled in race three, I think I am beginning to understand.

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