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Pole to chequered flag for Hines.

Luke Hines took a pole to chequered flag victory in the second race of the day in the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton.

Hines led WSR's Anthony Reid home whilst Jason Plato worked his way through the field to take a fine third place.

Championship contenders Yvan Muller and James Thompson came in with fourth and seventh places respectively meaning Thompson heads Muller 233 points to 228.

Hines started from pole after slowing in the first race of the day to ensure he finished tenth. VX Racing's youngest driver then made a fine start from the line whilst James Kaye alongside him struggled at the start and was soon in the clutches of the pack behind.

WSR's Anthony Reid was up into second place at the first corner whilst Yvan Muller, now behind in the drivers' championship points, was particularly feisty on the start and ended the first lap in third place, Hines gap from Reid a useful 0.9secs at this stage.

Come the third lap Muller nudged Reid wide and was through into second place, but this was just one victory in this particular war. Muller didn't have much time to close in on his team-mate as Reid returned the passing tactic and retook the second place.

Elsewhere there were comings together for Computeach Racing with Halfords driver Dan Eaves who lost out battling with James Kaye and team-mate Matt Neal. Whilst Kaye was able to continue to take an eventual sixth place, Neal had a torrid race and retired with six laps yet to run. Eaves did get back on track to finish in eleventh.

Fastest man on the track, taking a point for his efforts, was eleventh-place starting Jason Plato. The SEAT man made a good start then took advantage of the contact resulting in Eaves' off. Plato then had a battle with Colin Turkington, with positions changing between the duo until Plato won through with a wide approach to the Esses.

Next target for Plato was Yvan Muller and Turkington was tucked right in behind to benefit from any altercation which might ensue. Plato was soon past, but Muller fought right back and retook position. It wasn't long before the Toledo was past the Astra for good and off to chase down the MG of Anthony Reid.

Muller was then left to dice with Colin Turkington but ultimately couldn't find his way past.

Hines took the chequered first whilst Reid was second with Plato right on his tail.

“Another one under the belt, it just all went perfect,” said victor Hines. “I was dreading the start as I haven't had the best starts but I actually got a good start and then it was just a fight to the death to keep in front.”


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