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Round 26: Turner doubles up

2 September 2007

It didn't quite match the drama of race one, but that isn't something that will bother Darren Turner after the SEAT man took second win of the day in the 26th round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill.

Turner led from start to finish at the wheel of his Leon – now laden with maximum success ballast – while further down the order, Fabrizio Giovanardi took points out of Jason Plato's lead in the standings, which had been opened up to eight points in the first race of the day.

Off the start, Turner made a good start to ensure he led the way into SEAT Curve for the first time from Colin Turkington in the Team RAC BMW. Plato had slotted into third, while a good start from Fabrizio Giovanardi meant he quickly latched onto the tail of the SEAT. Further down the order Gordon Shedden had made a good start in the Team Halfords Honda to jump up to seventh on the opening lap, with Matt Neal making a good start in the sister car which had also been forced to start at the back after the race one retirement.

On lap two, Shedden battled past Mike Jordan to go sixth as the field settled down in the early laps, with the main position changes coming as Tom Chilton, Mat Jackson and Tom Onslow-Cole tried to work their way through from the rear of the field.

Giovanardi suffered a scare on the fourth lap when he ran wide through the gravel at Carlube although the Italian wouldn't lose any places. Soon however, he needed to raise his game as Shedden went fifth on lap seven and set about chasing down the Vectra, Adam Jones being the man demoted to sixth.

Shedden closed onto the rear of Giovanardi and on lap nine, he made contact with the rear of the Vauxhall at Scotsman although there was no damage down to either driver. However, it had clearly served as a warning to Giovanardi, who increased the pressure on Plato and slipped through into second on lap eleven – although Shedden would quickly follow him past the SEAT and Neal took Jordan for seventh.

Indeed there would be few position changes during the remainder of the race, with the biggest drama coming when the power failed in the press room in the closing stages and sent journalists sprinting for a view of the action.

Despite the best efforts of Turkington to find a way past Turner for the win, the SEAT man held on for a second win of the day, while Giovanardi had to withstand an equal – if not greater – amount of pressure from Shedden to take the final place on the podium. Plato came under pressure from Neal to take sixth place with the defending champion having found a way past the Team Aircool SEAT of Adam Jones. Mike Jordan, Gavin Smith and Mat Jackson rounded out the points scorers – the latter nursing more damage to the rear of his car after contact with John George and having taken the place from Tom Chilton in the closing stages.

In something of a surprise, all 17 starters took the flag, with Chris Stockton unable to compete on race day due to an engine failure.

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