Giovanardi pushing hard in the wet at Silverstone
Race one of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Silverstone, started under dubious weather conditions which quickly progressed to heavy rain. Reigning champion Fabrizio Giovanardi drove a determined race to finish fifth after his 11th position start from the grid. Team-mate Matt Neal got a good start to his race, and drove defensively to finish sixth despite safety car conditions between laps five and eight.
VX Racing rookie Tom Onslow-Cole gambled with the unpredictable weather conditions and prayed for dry weather as he left the grid with slicks on the front. After a change of tyres on lap five, Onslow-Cole fought through the field from the back of the pack to finally claim 11th position. Jason Plato won the race and finished with a time of 30:29.829 in his diesel SEAT.
Fabrizio Giovanardi #1
"It is disappointing that I couldn't catch the SEAT's in this round, but I'm glad that I managed to avoid much of the contact out on track. Hopefully I can make some more progress in the second race."