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Round 2: SEAT again as Thompson doubles up.

James Thompson made it two from two at Brands Hatch to give the new SEAT Leon a second win in the opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

After being forced to come through the field to secure his first victory, the second was much more straight forward for Thompson as he led from start-to-finish to pick up maximum points with the drama this time focusing on the following pack.

Having started alongside Thompson on the front row, Tom Chilton was forced wide at Druids on the opening lap to be put out of contention for victory with Colin Turkington and Matt Neal emerging as the biggest rivals to the SEAT for the race win.

The trio would gradually pull away from the field for Thompson to take victory with Turkington celebrating his 100th BTCC race with a podium finish - the first for WSR under the Team RAC banner. Neal made it successive third place finishes to kick-start his title defence.

However the real fight in the race was over fourth place, with Gavin Smith under pressure for a number of laps from a charging Mike Jordan in the Eurotech Integra and then the SEAT of Jason Plato and the Team Halfords car of Gordon Shedden.

As the two Integras and the Leon battled, Smith was able to pull out a gap but the three way fight which then developed for fifth would ultimately end in tears on lap 20.

By that point, Shedden and Plato had both managed to get past Jordan after contact between his Integra and Platos Leon at Clearways, but the trio found themselves running alongside each other going into Paddock Hill bend.

Shedden, on the inside of Plato and with Jordan on the outside, seemed to move across the front of the SEAT with the resulting contact sending the Team Halfords car off into the gravel. In a classic case of 'wrong place, wrong time' Jordan was left with nowhere to go, tagging the back of Plato and then catching a spinning Shedden to pick up damage that forced him out.

Plato was able to continue and depsite losing a place to Rob Collard fought back past the MG to secure fifth, with Collard fifth and Chilton seventh.



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