Paul O'Neill claimed his first BTCC Touring Class win in Oulton Park's Feature Race, making it wins for all four Vauxhall drivers in the first four races. In a race of attrition, Yvan Muller and James Thompson both hit problems on the same lap while running first and second, while O'Neill kept his cool to take the victory.
For the second time in the day, Matt Neal, O'Neill's Egg Sport team-mate, lost a potential win by having to come in for a drive through penalty. Neal had been leading when he came at the end of lap six for his pit stop, but stopped at the Honda pit in error – thus earning the drive through.
O'Neill took the lead when the other Vauxhalls stopped, and was the last of the front-runners to stop. He rejoined third behind Muller and Thompson, but Muller suddenly slowed with a problem just as Thompson picked up a front left-hand puncture.
This put O'Neill in front, and MG's Warren Hughes battling to hold off Tim Harvey for second place. They ran nose to tail for the final few laps, Harvey just getting past with a lap to go exiting the final corner to take the position.
With the high rate of attrition, some unexpected cars took top positions, with David Leslie bringing his Proton Impian home fourth, and Gareth Howell
taking fifth for Team Atomic Kitten on the MG mounted squad's debut.
Matt Neal rejoined after his penalty, but ended his race in the barriers at Knickerbrook after losing his car under braking while close up behind Hughes.
James Kaye was comfortably leading the Production Class in his Honda Civic Type-R, until retiring with fuel pressure problems on lap 18. This put Spencer Marsh, at Beacon Motorsport's second race meeting, at the head of the field.
Feature Race, 25 Laps:
1 Paul O'Neill
GB Egg Sport Vauxhall Astra
2 Tim Harvey
GB Team Halfords Peugeot 406 Coupe
3 Warren Hughes
GB MG Sport and Racing ZS EX260
4 David Leslie
GB TSP Proton Impian
5 Gareth Howell
GB Team Atomic Kitten MG ZS EX259
6 Alan Morrison
GB Honda Racing Civic Type-R
7 James Thompson
GB Vauxhall Motorsport Astra
8 Aaron Slight
NZ Barwell Motorsport Vauxhall Astra
9 Tom Chilton
GB Barwell Motorsport Vauxhall Astra
10 Yvan Muller
F Vauxhall Motorsport Astra
11 Spencer Marsh
GB Beacon Motorsport Honda Accord
-1 lapFastest Laps Matt Neal
GB Egg Sport Astra
1min27.601secs 97.06mphJames Kaye
GB Synchro Morosport Honda Civic Type-R