Silverstone: Series race 2 report

Another win for Chilton Tom Chilton has won Silverstone's second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race as Robert Collard got between the Fords to finish runner-up. As in race one, Tom Onslow-Cole led initially -- this time until lap...

Another win for Chilton

Tom Chilton has won Silverstone's second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race as Robert Collard got between the Fords to finish runner-up.

As in race one, Tom Onslow-Cole led initially -- this time until lap 16 of the 22 -- before relinquishing the lead to Team Aon Ford team-mate Chilton who stayed in front thereafter to add to his win from the day's first race.

This time, though, it was not to be a Team Aon 1-2 as WSR BMW Robert Collard driver muscled his way past Onslow-Cole at the final corner to grab second place. Collard had already overtaken Onslow-Cole on lap 17 only to be re-passed by the Ford driver shortly after along the pits straight.

But starting the final lap, the leading trio were nose-to-tail and through the Brooklands-Luffield complex in front of Silverstone's busy grandstands Collard robustly scraped his way past Onslow-Cole. The Ford, with the extra torque from its LPG turbo engine, came back at the BMW as they exited Luffield but Collard just had enough in hand to stay ahead to the line.

Onslow-Cole, who set the race's fastest lap, thus finished third ahead of Silverline Chevrolet's Jason Plato and Honda Team Racing's Matt Neal. As a result, Plato has extended his championship lead to 29 points -- almost the equivalent of two race wins -- over the now-tying Neal and Onslow-Cole in second. Chilton, meanwhile, has gained another place and is up to fifth, just ten points behind Neal's team-mate Gordon Shedden in fourth.

Shedden finished the race seventh right behind Paul O'Neill's sixth-placed Sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed Honda Integra. O'Neill had been fifth entering the complex on the final lap but was brushed aside by Neal as they exited Luffield, the pair separated by just 0.070s as they crossed the line.

One driver who could and should perhaps have been among race two's leading group was Andrew Jordan -- he was up from fifth to third at the start in his Pirtek Racing Vauxhall Vectra but a pit stop to change a punctured tyre dropped to 17th.

And it was another torrid race for Mat Jackson -- the Airwaves BMW driver was spun round in a collision with WSR's Andy Neate at the first corner and the best he could recover to was tenth.

Neate would stop in the pit lane that same lap with damage to the front of his car and by the race's end had been joined in retirement by Arthur Forster's Forster Motorsport BMW, Lea Wood's Central Group Racing Honda Integra and, after several attempts to rejoin the race, David Pinkney's ailing Vauxhall Vectra.

-source: btcc

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Series BTCC
Drivers Tom Chilton , Paul O'Neill , Jason Plato , Matt Neal , Robert Collard , Tom Onslow-Cole , Gordon Shedden , Andrew Jordan , Mat Jackson , Andy Neate , Lea Wood