BTCC: VX Racing Brands Hatch race two report

VX Racing, the 2007 BTCC Drivers' and Manufacturers' Champion, take win number two with Giovanardi at Brands Hatch VX Racing's Fabrizio Giovanardi secured victory number two in today's second race of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring ...

VX Racing, the 2007 BTCC Drivers' and Manufacturers' Champion, take win number two with Giovanardi at Brands Hatch

VX Racing's Fabrizio Giovanardi secured victory number two in today's second race of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Brands Hatch, Kent.

Despite running with 45kg success ballast following his win in the first race, the reigning BTCC Champion dominated the field from start to finish in his Vectra VXR.

Following a spin on lap seven of Robert Collard's BMW 320si in Paddock Hill Bend, the safety car was deployed. Racing commenced on lap 12, with Giovanardi maximising his advantage at the re-start to take a well-earned second victory.

Meanwhile, VX Racing's Matt Neal and Tom Onslow-Cole had a close-fought battle, until rising star Onslow-Cole squeezed through going into Druids on lap 17 to take sixth position.

Onslow-Cole finished the 27-lap race in a strong sixth place, with team-mate Neal coming home in seventh.

The last race of the day will start at 16:30 at the Kent circuit today.

Fabrizio Giovanardi #1

"I didn't expect to be so fast but I'm really happy. It's difficult to say what exactly we changed on the car to make the difference, but there has been improvements all round.

"Carrying ballast made some difference, but I was still able to pull away fairly easily. I will be starting from ninth on the grid in the next race so it will be a case of keeping an eye on the first corner because anything can happen."

Tom Onslow-Cole #10

"I'm really pleased. It was a much better race than the first. I had a fantastic battle with Matt [Neal] and feel I had a slightly faster car so we were able to switch places fairly easily.

"Really looking forward to the third race of the day as we've seen genuine progress since this morning."

Matt Neal #4

"It was an ok race. Tom [Onslow-Cole] and I had a good fight. We were very much chasing set-up and we went in a direction which didn't quite work out, but it should pay off in race three.

"I'm feeling very positive about the next race and think we can get a good result. "

-credit: vxr.co.uk.

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