BTCC: Thompson takes dramatic Silverstone race two win

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BTCC: Thompson takes dramatic Silverstone race two win

James Thompson comfortably won a dramatic race that saw numerous manoeuvres and collisions throughout the field. VX Racing driver Thompson quickly moved up from seventh place on the grid, along with team-mate Yvan Muller who started ninth, as...

James Thompson comfortably won a dramatic race that saw numerous manoeuvres and collisions throughout the field. VX Racing driver Thompson quickly moved up from seventh place on the grid, along with team-mate Yvan Muller who started ninth, as pole position holder Robert Huff, driving for SEAT Sport UK, and West Surrey Racing driver Anthony Reid pushed them hard.

James Thompson.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.
Huff's tenth place in round one put him in pole position for round eight alongside the Team Sureterm Vauxhall Astra Coupe of Kelvin Burt. Huff crept slightly and then stopped during the red light whereas Burt made a great clean start to pull clear away from the grid. Reid, starting from fifth, tried to dive down the inside of Huff at Copse and this nudged Carl Breeze's Team Sureterm Alfa Romeo wide at Copse. Huff then retook second place back from Reid and further down the field the recovering Breeze got nudged into a spun across the grass under braking for Becketts.

Thompson made a great start from seventh and was fourth at the Abbey hairpin and all over the back of Reid's MG. Ahead of him Huff and Burt went down the back straight side-by-side and there was slight contact between the pair. Huff got past on the inside as Burt ran wide and this allowed Thompson to pass the too. Thompson then tried to go round the outside of Huff at Luffield but wisely slotted in behind to get a good run down the pit straight. Huff's car however was quicker in a straight line and he was able to pull away, although he was slower in the twisty sections and this allowed the pack to close up. In the resulting traffic behind him Muller got past Burt to move up to third.

Thompson eventually passed Huff cleanly at the Abbey hairpin on the next lap. Muller however tried to barge past at Brooklands but Huff was equally aggressive and held on to second place. Behind them Burt, Colin Turkington, Dan Eaves and Matt

Matt Neal.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.
Neal fought aggressively for fifth place with Turkington and Eaves doing half a lap alongside each other before Eaves backed off at Luffield. Muller launched another assault on Huff on lap six by pulling onto the inside on the back straight and neatly past at the hairpin. Huff held on however and Muller tried to squeeze him on the inside at the approach to the fast Bridge bend. The pair touched and Huff held a massive slide as Muller ran wide and touched the gravel. Reid, who was running behind them, closed up and he and Muller ran side by side along the pit straight before Muller edged ahead at Copse. Reid sustained light damage in the encounter with Muller as light tyre smoke came out of the back of his car.

Huff threw away his third place on lap seven with an unforced error at Priory. The car spun sideways under braking and, although Huff was able to turn the car back in the right direction, he then ran through the gravel trap and rejoined in seventh place. Neal past Huff on the next lap with a brave move on the inside at Becketts but again Huff did not give in and repassed Neal along the straight, but Neal got the greater drive out of Abbey and moved back ahead. Plato then tried to edge inside his team-mate but Huff responded to hold on to eighth place, which soon became seventh as he moved back past Neal.

Muller was not able to shake of Reid and the MG driver tried an optimistic move down the inside at Abbey on lap thirteen. Muller defended but the pair continued to run nose-to-tail with Reid's car clearly the faster of the two. Muller held on to the flag despite a last-corner dive from Reid to hold on to the place by less than two-tenths of a second, some distance behind his team-mate Thompson who comfortably won the race.

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