Fabrizio Giovanardi celebrates his second place for round 22 at Knockhill
Race one of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Knockhill, Scotland, saw reigning Drivers' champion Fabrizio Giovanardi claim second place with team-mate Tom Onslow-Cole finishing the race in third.
Starting in sixth position, Giovanardi was up to fourth place as the first safety car was deployed, with Matt Neal running in fourth and Tom Onslow-Cole in second. The restart saw Neal pit with a tyre puncture, demoting him to 18th place.
A second safety car period closed the field once more and enabled Giovanardi to reach third place, which was soon converted to second position when the Italian passed Onslow-Cole.
Neal finished the race in 16th place and it was SEAT's Jason Plato that took the win for round 22.
Fabrizio Giovanardi #1
"I felt the tyres getting better and better with each passing lap. At the start I drove carefully to avoid trouble as this is quite a tricky circuit and incidents were likely to happen. After that, it was a case of making progress steadily and finish as high up as possible."