Fabrizio Giovanardi celebrating his third position at Snetterton
Race two of the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Snetterton, Norfolk, saw VX Racing's Fabrizio Giovanardi drive the race of a champion to claim the last position on the podium.
Round 17 saw the reining BTCC Champion Giovanardi start from seventh on the grid, only to be tapped off by Team Halfords' Tom Chilton in a battle for fifth position on lap four. Giovanardi rejoined the race from the back of the field, and fought for the remaining 16 laps to cross the line in third place. Giovanardi in his VXR Vectra also recorded the fastest lap of the race, with a time of 1:12.248, which was over half a second quicker than his fellow competitors.
Fellow VX Racing driver Matt Neal showed similar fighting spirit in the second race of the day, battling with the pack and holding his line despite scuffles all around him, to finish sixth. VX Racing rookie Tom Onslow-Cole had an unlucky race which saw him leave the track on lap four, after an incident involving Team Air Cool's Adam Jones. The detour cost Onslow-Cole his top ten position, and he rejoined the back of the field, finally finishing 14th. SEAT's Jason Plato won the race, with a time of 24:39.823.
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"My race was very challenging today, due to being knocked off on lap four. I just got my head down and wanted to finish with as many points as possible. Considering everything, I have to be happy with third."