BTCC: Round 10 Mondello Park report

Yvan Muller made up for his Sprint race disappointment to take a well-earned victory in the main race of the day. James Thompson lined up in pole position with a stunning lap while running the full success ballast. Colin Turkington was a...

Yvan Muller made up for his Sprint race disappointment to take a well-earned victory in the main race of the day.

James Thompson lined up in pole position with a stunning lap while running the full success ballast. Colin Turkington was a surprise second place, continuing a strong performance for MG. Matt Neal managed to set the third fastest time before suffering technical problems. Yvan Muller pulled off with a transmission problem before setting a competitive time and lined up in 12th place.

Rain fell as the cars lined up on the grid causing the start to be delayed as the drivers changed to wets. During the warm-up laps for the second attempt the three leading cars, the only ones on still on slicks, pitted for wets thus effectively handing pole position for the rolling start to Anthony Reid.

Read kept the lead at the start but was hounded by Muller during the opening ten laps. Muller had moved up to fifth place by the end of the opening lap and was just 1.5 seconds behind the leader at the start of lap 6. Reid eventually lost the lead on lap eleven after loosing ten seconds due to a slow pitstop by the MG team.

Muller then opened up a lead of three seconds over Thompson until the safety car came out from a . At the restart the Vauxhalls stayed in formation and slowly pulled away from Neal in third place to take the chequered flag. Neal meanwhile had pushed Reid hard for the closing laps and moved past on the last lap with a very bold pass that left Reid fighting for control on the grass. Tim Harvey was excluded from the results for a tyre infringement.

Muller was delighted with his win. "I was so close to leaving the slicks on when we were on the grid but I knew the pitstop window started at 5 laps so we could change then. It's very difficult to overtake here and with Reid, it was either push him out or take him in the pitstop. I chose the opportunity to take him in the pits."

Thompson too was delighted with his result. "I've not won a race but to come away with two seconds is a successful weekend. There was a bit of indecision about tyres and I didn't want to lose out two race weekends running. The Triple Eight guys also did a fantastic job on the pitstops and overall it was great weekend."

Matt Neal (101 points) now leads the championship by one point from James Thompson, who was deducted five points for exceeding his engine quota for the year. Muller lies just 19 points behind with 81 points, head of Anthony Reid on 64 points and Paul O'Neill on 59 points.

The next rounds of the championship will take place at Croft circuit on 14th July.

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Series BTCC
Drivers Anthony Reid , Yvan Muller , Paul O'Neill , Tim Harvey , James Thompson , Colin Turkington , Matt Neal