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Onslow-Cole wins as Chilton excluded
2 May 2010
Tom Chilton made it two wins from two in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, leading home team-mate Tom Onslow-Cole to a one-two for Team Aon.
However, Chilton's joy would prove to be short-lived, when his car failed post-race checks and he was excluded from the result.
Chilton lost the lead at the start to the Honda of Gordon Shedden at the start of the race before settling into second place, but inherited the lead when Shedden got out of shape at Clark on a restart at the start of lap five – the Safety Car having been deployed after Lea Wood and Arthur Forster went off circuit in separate incidents.
Chilton built his lead only for two further Safety Car periods – for incidents involving Andy Neate and Martin Depper – to allow the field to close back in. However, a huge fight behind for second place allowed Chilton to take his second win of the day - on the road at least - by just under five seconds.
Onslow-Cole held second for much of the race with Paul O'Neill, Mat Jackson, Alex MacDowall and Shedden right on his tail. As Onslow-Cole held up the four cars behind, the positions changed lap-by-lap before Jackson nudged O'Neill wide to go third and then got of Onslow-Cole into second place.
However, a spin for Jackson saw him drop down the order and allowed Onslow-Cole to take second, but only after a drag race to the line with Shedden which saw the pair split by just 0.009secs at the finish.
MacDowall took fourth ahead of O'Neill – who lost places after running wide following Jackson's pass – with Andrew Jordan sixth. Tom Boardman, Steven Kane, David Pinkney and Matt Hamilton rounded out the points scorers.
James Nash took eleventh after an off late on with a delayed Jackson twelfth and Rob Collard 13th. Collard had suffered a spin on the opening lap while fighting for position with O'Neill and Matt Neal and then went off again at Surtees later in the race. Shaun Hollamby was the final finisher in 14th.
Chilton's post-race exclusion meant the finishers were all moved up a position.
Neal was forced to retire when his Honda slowed on the final restart while points leader Jason Plato was also forced out after his car slowed exiting Paddock Hill Bend on the second lap and ground to a halt while trying to return to the paddock from the Cooper Straight.