Anthony Reid led from start to finish to take his first win of the year in round sixteen of the championship at Croft circuit in Yorkshire. The West Surrey Racing driver, who had also earned his first pole position via Saturday qualifying of the...
Anthony Reid led from start to finish to take his first win of the year in round sixteen of the championship at Croft circuit in Yorkshire. The West Surrey Racing driver, who had also earned his first pole position via Saturday qualifying of the season, was pushed hard by championship leader Yvan Muller throughout the race but maintained a slight advantage and eventually won by just two seconds.
Reid, driving a MG ZS, made a great start and held his lead into the twisty Hawthorne section of the circuit. Matt Neal held on to his second place but the Computeach Racing with Halfords driver came under pressure from VX Racing's James Thompson who had made a great start from fourth place and the pair ran slightly wide, allowing Muller up into second with Neal dropping to third and Thompson back down to fourth. Reid quickly pulled out half a second over Muller who was ahead of Neal by the same margin with Thompson on his rear wing.
Dan Eaves, Neal's team-mate, also made a great start and moved up from sixth to fifth as did SEAT Sport UK's Jason Plato who improved from ninth to seventh. VX Racing Junior driver Michael Bentwood spun his Vauxhall Astra Coupe from thirteen place in the first corner and dropped to the rear of the field. Synchro Motorsport driver Kaye dropped a couple of places on the second lap and Team Honda's Tom Chilton was forced pit with a puncture that put him at the back of the field for the remainder of the race.
Reid started to pull out a margin over Muller and by the end of lap four he was nearly one and half seconds ahead, with Neal a further second back in third, while Thompson was defending hard from Eaves. Neal then put in a series of fastest laps to close this gap to just half a second and this pressure allowed to Reid to pull away even more.
Eaves lost his fifth place to SEAT Sport UK driver Robert Huff on lap five and, at the same time and directly behind on the circuit, Plato passed West Surrey Racing driver Colin Turkington. Eaves dropped a further place on lap eleven as Turkington passed him to move up to sixth.
Neal tried to pass Muller on the final lap from a long way behind but the move was unsuccessful as Neal locked up and ran off the circuit. He lost nearly all the advantage he held over fourth-placed Thompson and rejoined just in front of the Vauxhall Astra Coupe, as Reid held on at the front to win by two seconds from Muller and also claim the fastest lap of the race.
There were erratic times in the midfield over the final lap as the drivers backed off to take tenth place, which guarantees pole position for race two. Plato and Hodgetts crawled towards the line with Hodgetts winning the battle to be slowest and finish in tenth to take the pole.