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...
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.
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
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.