VX RACING: KNOCKHILL RACE THREE BULLETIN
VX Racing's Fabrizio Giovanardi scored vital points in the final race of the day in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Knockhill this afternoon.
After a close battle in the early laps of the race, Giovanardi expertly took fifth place from Adam Jones as they crossed the start-finish line going into the sixth lap.
Giovanardi in his Vauxhall Vectra spent the remainder of the race challenging Mike Jordan's Honda Integra for fourth place and, despite carrying substantial "success ballast", finished fifth.
A troubled weekend for team-mate Tom Chilton ended with a retirement in race three following accident damage to his Vauxhall Vectra three laps before the end of the race.
Knockhill local Gordon Shedden achieved an emotional win, with fellow Honda Civic driver Matt Neal taking the second step on the podium. Giovanardi's title rival Plato could not catch Neal for second and finished in third position, extending his lead to nine points in the championship, however, with 51 points available at the season final at Thruxton in six weeks it is still all to play for.
Fabrizio Giovanardi #5
"I was just not able to go past Mike Jordan. My car was quicker going into the corner but with the ballast I was carrying I couldn't accelerate enough. Mike did not make a mistake and made it very difficult for me."
Tom Chilton #7
"I saw yellow flags being waved at the top chicane and I slowed down slightly as I expected some cars on the track but I lost grip and started sliding over the grass. I couldn't control the Vauxhall Vectra anymore and ripped off my splitter and put a hole in the radiator."
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