Jason Plato had high hopes of winning the race one and many suggested that he would dominate from pole. But his chances were derailed after a component failure on his way to the grid. Matt Neal would’ve been the happiest man envisaging victory number three overall after seeing the pole man’s MG6 being pushed off from the grid.
Robert Collard had had the reputation for being the best starter off the grid. As said, he went into the lead ahead of Matt Neal’s Civic into the first corner and led through the opening laps before Neal making ground on his big Honda to get through him at the Lodge corner and clung on to it till the finish.
Andrew Jordan, in the other Honda Civic, got past Collard at the Island Bend hairpin and had put pressure on the leader but stuck to second at the end. It could’ve been a 3-4 for Collard’s team but Tom Onslow-Cole span out of the race at Cascades bringing out the safety car period.
Gordan Shedden finished in fourth to lead the championship from Jason Plato ahead of a brilliant driving from Mat Jackson in his Redstone Racing Ford Focus car. Having started in 10th he managed to surge through the field to attain fifth. Driving the Proton Persona, Daniel Welsch finished 6th on what was his career-best result ahead of the sole surviving KX Momentum Racing MG6 of Andy Neate.
The debutant Will Bratt impressed by finishing on 8th from 14th position ahead of Nick Foster and Lea Wood driving a Vauxhall Vectra. Foster was involved in two collisions which resulted in the retirements of Aron Smith and Adam Morgan. Dave Newsham and Jeff Smith had brake failure and damage to the engine to end their respective races. Frank Wrathall had an overheat problem which forced him to make an extra stop to finish in p12.
Chris James on the final lap suffered brake failure and tangled with Tony Hughes’s Speedworks Toyota and crashed heavily into the barriers.Luckily James was unhurt in the incident.
|1||1||Matt Neal||Honda Civic||17||—||1m28.327s|
|2||77||I||Andrew Jordan||Honda Civic||17||+0.242s||1m28.207s|
|3||8||I||Robert Collard||BMW 320si E90||17||+2.609s||1m28.837s|
|4||52||Gordon Shedden||Honda Civic||17||+7.104s||1m28.531s|
|5||4||I||Mat Jackson||Ford Focus||17||+9.341s||1m28.519s|
|6||12||I||Daniel Welch||Proton Persona||17||+9.832s||1m28.741s|
|8||14||I||Will Bratt||Audi A4||17||+17.044s||1m29.455s|
|9||18||I||Nick Foster||BMW 320si E90||17||+18.054s||1m28.965s|
|10||43||I||Lea Wood||Vauxhall Vectra||17||+19.615s||1m29.724s|
|11||48||I||Ollie Jackson||VW Golf MK5||17||+28.242s||1m30.215s|
|12||11||I||Frank Wrathall||Toyota Avensis||17||+50.773s||1m28.441s|
|13||50||I||Tony Hughes||Toyota Avensis||17||+59.738s||1m30.551s|
|14||33||I||Adam Morgan||Toyota Avensis||16||+1 lap||1m29.464s|
|15||78||I||Chris James||Vauxhall Vectra||16||+1 lap||1m30.673s|
|16||5||I||Aron Smith||Ford Focus||14||+3 laps||1m28.638s|
|17||38||I||Tom Onslow-Cole||BMW 320si E90||14||+3 laps||1m28.339s|
|18||6||I||Liam Griffin||Ford Focus||9||+8 laps||1m29.305s|
|19||17||I||Dave Newsham||Vauxhall Vectra||7||+10 laps||1m29.198s|
|20||55||I||Jeff Smith||Honda Civic||7||+10 laps||1m28.616s|
|21||34||I||Tony Gilham||Honda Civic||5||+12 laps||1m29.535s|
|22||99||Jason Plato||MG6||5||+12 laps||1m31.102s|