Matt Neal on his way to fourth place at Snetterton
VX Racing added to their championship leads (manufacturer, driver and team) in round 18 of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Snetterton, Norfolk. Reining driver's champion Fabrizio Giovanardi finished in a fantastic third position in the last race of the day, claiming his second podium of the weekend. Matt Neal drove his best race of the day finishing closely behind Giovanardi in fourth, with VX Racing's newest recruit Tom Onslow-Cole impressing with a sixth place finish from his 14th position start.
The draw for race three saw Neal and Giovanardi start from fourth and sixth on the grid respectively, with pole position granted to Team Halford's Gordon Sheddon. After a perfect start for all three VXR Vectra's, round 18 proved fast and furious being the only race of the day without an appearance from the safety car.
Onslow-Cole amazed everyone with his pace as he flew up through the pack to finish with an incredible six championship points and fifth position, his best finish of the weekend. Mat Jackson from BMW Dealer Team UK won the race with a time of 22:00.124.
Fabrizio Giovanardi #1
"Considering all the battles that have taken place this weekend, I have to be happy with a second finish on the podium. Having two third place finishes is successful for the team in terms of points, and we leave Snetterton having fought well to defend our titles."