Silverstone: Series race 1 report

Chilton wins race 1 Tom Chilton has won the first of today's three Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races at Silverstone from team-mate Tom Onslow-Cole. Onslow-Cole started from pole position and led until half distance when Chilton...

Chilton wins race 1

Tom Chilton has won the first of today's three Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races at Silverstone from team-mate Tom Onslow-Cole.

Onslow-Cole started from pole position and led until half distance when Chilton overtook him along the pits straight and from there he was never headed, their LPG turbo Team Aon Ford Focuses running nose to tail to the chequered flag.

Onslow-Cole, who set a new lap record during the race, insisted there had been no team orders, saying: "I had one wrong gearchange and that was enough for Tom to sail by."

Championship leader Jason Plato and Alex MacDowall were two seconds-plus behind in their Silverline Chevrolet Cruzes, the former passing his team-mate at the start and holding on for the final podium spot -- despite his car carrying the maximum 45kgs of success ballast.

For much of the race both were under pressure from Andrew Jordan's Pirtek Racing Vauxhall Vectra which eventually fell away in fifth. Winning the battle for sixth was the WSR BMW of Robert Collard who spent many laps fending off Paul O'Neill's seventh-placed Sunshine co.uk with Tech-Speed Honda Integra.

Plato's nearest championship rival, Honda Racing Team driver Matt Neal, took eighth. However, it was a tough race for the former double champion -- from sixth on the grid he ran wide at the first bend and lost places. He then was involved in tangles with Airwaves BMW team-mates Steven Kane and Mat Jackson. Kane survived to finish ninth but Jackson, in his clash with Neal, ran off the road at Becketts and was a distant 13th.

Tenth, closing right in on the squabbling Neal and Kane at the finish, was Neal's team-mate Gordon Shedden. The Scot was sent into a lurid spin at the first bend in a brush with Tom Boardman's Special Tuning UK SEAT Leon and completed the opening lap in 19th -- this leading to a determined comeback drive through the field.

Heading into this afternoon's second race, the result means Plato has stretched his lead over Neal at the top of the table to 27 points. Shedden is next up just six points behind Neal but has been joined in third equal by Onslow-Cole. Kane remains fifth with Chilton up to sixth past Jackson. Notably, Onslow-Cole has regained the lead of the Independent Drivers' table. Team Aon has also moved into the lead of the outright HiQ and Independent teams' championships.

-source: btcc.net

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Series BTCC
Drivers Tom Chilton , Paul O'Neill , Jason Plato , Matt Neal , Robert Collard , Steven Kane , Tom Boardman , Tom Onslow-Cole , Gordon Shedden , Andrew Jordan , Alex MacDowall