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Chilton takes first Focus win
2 May 2010
Tom Chilton secured the first victory for Team Aon's Ford Focus with a lights-t0-flag win in the first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Brands Hatch.
Chilton started from pole and was never headed, fending off a fast-starting BMW of Rob Collard when the lights went out and then controlling things from the front – despite two Safety Car periods. It marked the first victory for a Ford in the series for some ten years.
Gordon Shedden proved to be the closest challenger to the Ford driver as he secured second for Honda, battling ahead of Collard on the second lap and then fending off Tom Onslow-Cole in the second Ford as he settled for third. However, the marked a fine result for Onslow-Cole following his troublesome showing in qualifying.
Collard had to settle for fourth place while Matt Neal was fifth, having enjoyed a battle with the works Chevrolet's of Alex MacDowall and Jason Plato in the early stages.
Independents' points leader Paul O'Neill took sixth for sunshine.co.uk with Tech-Speed having stormed through the field late on – his move through the pack including a stunning dive down the inside of Plato at Clark Curve on lap twelve.
MacDowall took seventh place having got ahead of team-mate Plato when he ran wide at Paddock Hill Bend, with Tom Boardman and Mat Jackson rounding out the scorers – the latter also taking a trip through the Paddock Hill gravel trap.
Elsewhere, James Nash was forced out following a touch from Neal on lap one – which brought out the Safety Car for the first time – while David Pinkney was lapping strongly before he slid off at Hawthorn while fighting for position with Boardman's SEAT.
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