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After being delayed badly in the Sprint Race Vincent Radermecker came good with a strong run to seventh place in the third string Vauxhall ahead of an irate Kristensen who was forced down to last as a result of his opening lap fracas with Plato.

Gabriele Tarquini was not only off the pace thanks to his ballast problem but also encountered several problems with Class B cars and was the last of the Super Touring runners home in tenth place behind Sprint winner Matt Neal. Sadly the Independent driver was unable to repeat his heroics of the morning and struggled on the wet track. From a lowly eighth on the grid, Matt made a crucial error at Paddock when the track was at its most treacherous and damaged the front splitter which left him little more than a walking wounded spectator, falling a lap behind in ninth.

The battle for Class B was once again intense and the smaller cars definitely added to the excitement and tension for as the track began to dry everyone was reluctant to move off line and let the faster men by. Thankfully there were no incidents during the race and the Super Touring boys were generally grateful for the help they received during the races.

As at Snetterton, Alan Morrison's Peugeot 306 suffered an electrical failure in the wet and he, along with teammate Toni Ruokonen were left with severely misted windows and very poor visibility. This left James Kaye leading from the Alfa of Tom Ferrier and the Nissan of Robert Collard with the Barwell Motorsports driver holding a two second lead to the flag.

Ferrier lost second place late in the race when he encountered braking difficulties but both he and the eventual runner-up Collard kept the pressure on the Honda driver right up to the flag.

Kaye has now closed Morrison's advantage at the top of the class to a manageable 17 points and with the Gary Ayles squad committing to the series for the rest of the year; the competition is going to be even more intense than ever.

Next stop is Oulton Park where Alain Menu will have a damage limitation exercise on his hands, the Swiss driver trying to cope with 40 kilos of success ballast on a track which favours much lighter machinery. The battle for the last ever BTCC run to Super Touring regulations is now a three way dance with Menu at the head of the line.



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