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Rydell survives Croft crash-fest.

The organisers had no choice but to stop the race while the armco was repaired, the resulting delay lasting almost an hour, but when the engines were re-fired the story was much the same at the front with Rydell leading.

Menu anticipated the re-start better than everyone and pounced on Reid, snatching second place away from the Scotsman at the first corner. However not even Menu had an answer for Rydell on this day and the Swede cruised home with two seconds to spare over his two team-mates. Behind the three Fords, Kristensen lost a surefire fourth place on the last lap when his front suspension collapsed leaving him in tenth position, the seventh Super Touring machine home.

Kristensen's late demise left the door open for his Honda team-mate Thompson to take fourth although Neal snatched the place in the dying seconds to cap a strong weekend all round for the Independent driver.

Muller came home over a minute behind the leaders in sixth place after an anonymous drive in the sole surviving Vectra. Vauxhall team-boss Derek Warwick was actually moved to say after the race that Croft had been “one of our worst weekends ever in touring cars.” The only thing the team could be grateful about was that they still had three healthy drivers at the end of the day, which is more than can be said for two of the cars, both of which were now decidedly second hand.

Class B provided spectators with a superb race-long duel between Alan Morrison and James Kaye, clearly the two fastest drivers in the class. Morrison was ahead on the grid and held off Kaye in the early laps until the Barwell Honda nipped through as the Super Touring machines made their stops. Morrison wasn't about to give in and fought back with a vengence in the races closing stages. Kaye held on however and crossed the line with a fraction over a second to spare. Robert Collard once again impressed in his Nissan and took third in class, four seconds behind Kaye with Mark Lemmer in the second Barwell Honda fourth in class.

Menu's fine charge through the field is rewarded with the championship lead once again although Reid is but a single point behind, 128 points versus 127.
Rydell's stunning double win moves him right back into the thick of things with 117 points while Muller's lacklustre weekend sees him drop more than 20 points back in fourth place.

The BTCC takes a short break this weekend as the teams and drivers gear up for the Snetterton night races on Saturday July 8th. Last year it was one big party in Norfolk and this year promises to be more of the same.





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