BTCC: VX Racing Donington Park race one report

VX Racing secured a two-three finish in round seven of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Donington Park today. Tom Onslow-Cole, who started from pole position, dominated the field throughout the 18-lap race and kept a...

VX Racing secured a two-three finish in round seven of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Donington Park today.

Tom Onslow-Cole, who started from pole position, dominated the field throughout the

18-lap race and kept a cool head following a delayed start and two safety car periods. On lap 14, however, the 20-year-old was forced to run wide, enabling SEAT's Jason Plato and Gordon Shedden in the Honda Civic to pass the VX Racing driver.

Matt Neal continuously worked his way up through the field from sixth on the grid, and after passing his team-mate Onslow-Cole, both teamed-up and overtook Shedden in the same corner.

The reigning BTCC Champion Fabrizio Giovanardi, starting from eight on the grid, was caught up in a fight for positions, which saw him run wide onto the grass. Following a quick pit stop, the Italian showed outstanding performance by flying through the field to finish in eighth place.

Today's second race will start at 14:20 at the Leicestershire circuit.

Tom Onslow-Cole #10

"The delayed start and the safety car periods made it harder and got to me in the end unfortunately. I had a good start but pushed a little bit too hard. We still have two more races, the Vectra VXR feels good and I'm ready to attack in the next race."

Matt Neal #4

"It's great to get my fourth podium of the season. The race unfolded quite well, we made a few tweaks from qualifying and had really good pace from the start.

"After that it was a matter of keeping out of trouble and I benefited from the incidents ahead."

-credit: vxr.co.uk.

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Series BTCC
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Jason Plato , Matt Neal , Tom Onslow-Cole , Gordon Shedden