Giovanardi celebrates his fifth win of 2008
Fabrizio Giovanardi claimed his fifth win of the season for VX Racing in round 26 of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Silverstone, after an eventful wet race.
Starting from fifth, Giovanardi took the race lead from SEAT's Jason Plato after some excellent racing manoeuvres paid off on lap 17. Giovanardi set the fastest lap time of the race on lap ten, with a 1:08.869, and finished with a time of 30:59.002.
Matt Neal also had a fantastic race, and after moving up through the field from his sixth position start, Neal took the chequered flag in fourth. Fellow VX Racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole also demonstrated the VXR Vectra's pace in race two, moving up from his 11th position start to finish in a very well deserved sixth place amid safety car conditions from lap four to eight and a collection of incidents taking place all around him.
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"I could not be happier with my win, I really knew I had to keep a clear head and focus on maintaining my tyres so that I could use them when I needed them most. The car felt brilliant in the wet and it is great to add so many points to my championship lead."