BTCC: VX Racing Croft race one report

VX Racing secured a second place with Matt Neal in a chaotic, wet round 13 of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Croft, North Yorkshire, today. The race was started in extremely difficult conditions with the inevitable...

VX Racing secured a second place with Matt Neal in a chaotic, wet round 13 of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Croft, North Yorkshire, today.

The race was started in extremely difficult conditions with the inevitable red flag being shown on the third lap, due to an incident involving two cars.

Following a delay of 25 minutes, the race was re-started with the grid positions taken from the three completed laps of the race with VX Racing's Matt Neal, Tom Onslow-Cole and Fabrizio Giovanardi starting from third, fifth and eighth respectively.

Persistent rain and standing water on the track made racing almost impossible with cars leaving the track at every corner. The race was eventually red-flagged and stopped after only three further laps.

Giovanardi took home a strong fourth place, with Onslow-Cole finishing in 19th after the Vauxhall works driver ran wide due to the torrential conditions.

Today's second race will go ahead as planned at 14:35.

Fabrizio Giovanardi #1

"I could not see a thing; it was very wet out there. I also broke my windscreen wipers which made it even more difficult.

"It's great to finish fourth but with the red-flags it was not really a race. It was just a case of who crashed out in front of you."

-credit: vxr.co.uk.

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