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Croft conjures new face to the podium.

The second Team Kaliber Sport with Barwell Honda Accord of James Kaye had a strong race, starting in fifth position on the grid but finishing in third. He said: ''Unfortunately, I got held up at the start right behind Simon Harrison. I knew I had a problem. I just had to move out of the way, go down the grass and I lost six or seven places. I managed to pull it back again though and it was a fantastic race.''

Feature Race:

The changeable weather conditions provided the first challenge for the teams as decisions had to be taken on the car's set ups. It soon became clear that cars on the slick tyres were at a disadvantage.

The Peugeot 406 Coupe of Steve Soper made the best of the rolling start for the 35 lap race and emerged from Hawthorn Bend in a brilliant fourth position, ahead of the Vauxhall of Jason Plato. Soper's good work however was quickly undone when the Peugeot went wide at Sunny.

Plato also seemed to be struggling in the wet weather conditions and had a big slide as he exited the Clark curves on Lap 3. However Steve Soper's lap times were coming down and the Peugeot was looking the most competitive it has been all season.

A fantastic battle developed between the Lexus IS200 of Tommy Erdos and the Peugeot of Dan Eaves. They were side by side throughout much of the third lap with Erdos eventually managing to nudge ahead on Lap 5 as they approached Clark Curves.

Second on the BTC Production grid was Simon Graves but he experienced an off on Lap 2 which handed the lead to the vastly experienced Mark Lemmer in the Synchro Motorsport Honda Accord. The TCR Honda Accord of Jim Edwards Junior moved up into second, and the BTC Production battle saw two new front runners lead the race.

The first pit stop was made by the Team Egg Sport Astra of Phil Bennett who came in on Lap 6 with a windscreen wiper problem. The team made an impressive pit stop, and Bennett was on his way after 8.5 seconds. Plato was next in on Lap 7 and the Vauxhall team knew they had to work quickly if Plato was to rejoin infront of Bennett. They turned the car around in 7.5 seconds – mission accomplished and position gained for Plato and Vauxhall.

Race leader James Thompson came in to pit on Lap 8 but a problem with the rear wheel cost the Yorkshire man time and position and he rejoined the race in a disappointing third place.

The ABG Lexus of Tommy Erdos very nearly led the race as Muller pulled in to pit but the Brazilian ran wide, letting through Soper, Thompson and Plato whilst recovering the car. An 8.5 second stop put Muller out ahead.

In the BTC Production class, Jim Edwards Junior put in his fastest lap of the race with a 1min 45.4 second lap. He was able to apply sufficient pressure on Mark Lemmer to challenge for the lead but Lemmer with his wealth of experience defended well.



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