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Jackson wins Donington finale

Mat Jackson takes Airwaves Racing's first win of 2011 in the final race at Donington Park
Mat Jackson took victory in the final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend to give Airwaves Racing a first win with its new Ford Focus.

Despite starting tenth, Jackson avoided chaos on the opening lap to come through the field to lie second by the end of the opening lap and then battled ahead of Alex MacDowall into a lead he would retain to the finish.

Andrew Jordan and James Nash rounded out the podium in their Vauxhall's with Nash moving into the championship lead as a result after the second meeting of the year, with MacDowall being shuffled down to fourth as he was unable to live with the NGTC-engined cars for pace.

Jeff Smith was fifth after an entertaining race where he diced for position with Matt Neal and ran off track on more than one occasion while Jason Plato battled through from the back of the field to finish in sixth after stunning work from the Chevrolet team to repair his damaged car after his accident in race two.

Neal settled for seventh place ahead of Paul O'Neill, with Liam Griffin and NicK Foster rounding out the points scorers – the latter latter two scoring for the first time.

The race was marred by a number of incidents, with Dave Newsham and Tony Hughes colliding at the start after Newsham tried to go down the grass and went into a spin – which then saw him collect Hughes as he tried to avoid the BMW. Tom Onslow-Cole meanwhile had briefly edged the AmD Milltek Racing VW into the lead off the line but his race ended in the gravel at the Old Hairpin when Nash and Jackson touched and then Nash tagged Tom Chilton's Ford – which collect TOC on its way to the gravel.

Andy Neate and Tony Gilham meanwhile retired after a collision on the final lap at Schwantz curve.



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Dave Newsham (GBR) AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus ST
Dave Newsham (GBR) AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus ST
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Dave Newsham (GBR) AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus ST
Dave Newsham (GBR) AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus ST
Dave Newsham (GBR) AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus ST
Dave Newsham (GBR) AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus ST
Dave Newsham (GBR) AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus ST
Dave Newsham (GBR) AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus ST
Dave Newsham (GBR) AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus ST
Dave Newsham (GBR) AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus ST
Dave Newsham (GBR) AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus ST
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Hey Nonny Mouse - Unregistered

April 18, 2011 1:43 AM

Much as I really dislike Plato, his drive to 6th was brilliant in a car that looked like it'd been tap danced on. Star of the race for me though was Tony Gilham. He was really unlucky to break his suspension on what was a fair pass on Andy (not very) Neate.

richard

April 18, 2011 10:42 AM

quite a bit of carnage. but i agree with your comments about plato. he even said that the rollcage was broken (????). but to drive a very suspect car competitively was certainly impressive. he was obiously quite shaken. but a question. why on earth was there a grass bank with a 45 degree slope?? that was a sure way to get a car to flip. donington need to look at their banks again.



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