BTCC: Mondello round one race notes

Champion Thompson reigns at Mondello. James Thompson has begun the defence of his Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship title in perfect style with victory in round one at Mondello Park, Ireland today (Easter Monday). In a race made...

Champion Thompson reigns at Mondello.

James Thompson has begun the defence of his Green Flag MSA British Touring Car Championship title in perfect style with victory in round one at Mondello Park, Ireland today (Easter Monday).

In a race made chaotic by heavy rain, and during which the safety car appeared three times, Thompson led home team-mate Yvan Muller for a Vauxhall Racing 1-2.

Honda Racing's Alan Morrison was fourth, MG Sport & Racing's Warren Hughes fifth and Petronas Syntium Proton's David Leslie sixth.

Pivateer Rob Collard took Independents Cup victory in his Vauxhall Astra Coupe.

GA Motorsports' Chris Ryan brilliantly won the battle for Production class honours, from Barwell Motorsport's Alan Blencowe, Team Varta's Jim Edwards and Edenbridge Racing's Michael Bentwood, their four cars crossing the finish almost nose-to-tail.

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Series BTCC
Drivers Chris Ryan , Yvan Muller , Alan Morrison , David Leslie , James Thompson , Warren Hughes , Jim Edwards , Michael Bentwood , Rob Collard