Luke Hines scored his first win in the British Touring Car Championship in round five at Brands Hatch. The Vauxhall driver lead from the first lap and was never headed despite heavy pressure from team-mates James Thompson and Yvan Muller who ran...
Luke Hines scored his first win in the British Touring Car Championship in round five at Brands Hatch. The Vauxhall driver lead from the first lap and was never headed despite heavy pressure from team-mates James Thompson and Yvan Muller who ran behind him for most of the race.
The grid for race two was determined by the top ten finishers from race one in reverse order so the Independent Vauxhall Astra Coupe of Robert Collard lined up on pole position and he was joined on the front row by Vauxhall's Luke Hines. Honda Civic Type-R driver started third with Team Petronas driver Shaun Watson-Smith in fourth.
Thompson then hounded the back of Collard over a series of laps but was unable to get past. Muller passed Turkington and Watson-Smith on the same lap and quickly closed up on the back of Thompson to increase the pressure on Collard.
Collard eventually yielded on lap six and Muller nipped by on the following lap and the three Triple Eight Race Engineering Vauxhall Astra Coupes ran at the front of field with Hines about two seconds ahead.
There was an intense battle for fourth with Collard, Watson-Smith, Robert Huff, Anthony Reid and Colin Turkington all running nose-to-tail and covered by under a second.
Watson-Smith closed up on the back of Collard at the start of lap eight but ran off the circuit at Paddock Hill Bend after a collision with Anthony Reid's MG ZS, sending up massive cloud of gravel. Watson-Smith rejoined with damage to the bodywork on the front of his car and an engine full of gravel.
The leaders held station for the remainder of the race with Thompson glued to the back of Hines's car but he did not make any serious attempt to pass and Hines crossed the line to win by under half a second.
<pre> Results: 1. Luke Hines Vauxhall Astra Coupe 20m 17.972s 2. James Thompson Vauxhall Astra Coupe +0.218s 3. Yvan Muller Vauxhall Astra Coupe +2.081s 4. Anthony Reid MG ZS +8.212s 5. Colin Turkington MG ZS +8.850s 6. Tom Chilton Honda Civic Type-R +10.980s 7. James Kaye Honda Civic Type-R +13.544s 8. Dan Eaves Honda Civic Type-R +17.650s 9. Justin Keen BMW 320i +24.267s 10. Paul Wallace Vauxhall Astra +27.136s