James Thompson made up for his Sprint race misfortune to take a convincing win the Feature Race, and Anthony Reid continued MG's successful day with second place in his MG ZS. Anthony Reid started from pole position and pulled out an early ...
James Thompson made up for his Sprint race misfortune to take a convincing win the Feature Race, and Anthony Reid continued MG's successful day with second place in his MG ZS.
Anthony Reid started from pole position and pulled out an early lead with Thompson down in fifth place. However Thompson gradually moved up the field, first taking O'Neil at the complex on the first lap, and moving up right behind the MG on Reid when the pitstops started. Reid felt that his new tyres were not as good as his previous set and Thompson closed right up, eventually nudging past the MG at Becketts and pulling away into the distance.
The Egg Sport pair of Matt Neal and Paul O'Neil had a race-long battle, running nose-to-tail for almost the entire race. O'Neil ran ahead for the first part of the race but Neal took his team-mate at the end of the back straight on lap ten. O'Neil took his place back a couple of laps later, and then Neal took his team-mate again five laps later.
Tim Harvey finished fifth in his Peugeot having been pushed hard by the Honda Civic pair of Andy Priaulx and Alan Morrison. A brief shower dampened the track during the final laps but did not have a significant effect on the race. Sprint race winner Warren Hughes was running with the full success balast which significantly affected the performace of his car, and he also suffered several knocks from other drivers as he fell down the field.
"It's been a tough weekend for the team," said James Thompson, "we were outpaced in qualifying and then made the wrong tyre choice for the Sprint Race. However, I have to say that having shed the ballast, the car is back to its glorious best. Anthony was very quick in the first part of the race, which was hard work, but we had a great pit stop and I'd saved my best set of tyres for the second and longer stint. That enabled me to hunt him down and nip past. To come away with a race win after such a difficult weekend is great.".
1 James Thompson (Vauxhall Astra) 37min59.110sec
2 Anthony Reid (MG ZS) +4.682secs
3 Matt Neal (Vauxhall Astra) +17.836secs
4 Paul O'Neill (Vauxhall Astra( +18.255secs
5 Tim Harvey (Peugeot 406 Coupe) +18.629secs
6 Andy Priaulx (Honda Civic Type-R) +20.743secs
7 Dan Eaves (Peugeot 406 Coupe) +31.240secs
8 Gareth Howell (MG ZS) +36.340secs
9 David Leslie (Proton Impian +37.553secs
10 Yvan Muller (Vauxhall Motorsport Astra +44.969secs