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Round 18: Turkington makes Vauxhall wait.

By the time racing kicked off for the final time, just two laps remained – but that was still plenty of time for one last twist in the action. Having led for the entire race, Turkington ran wide into Redgate for the first time, allowing Giovanardi to get a run on him going through the Craner Curves with the brave move paying dividends as he swept into the lead. After tough season for the VX Racing squad, the elusive 100th BTCC victory looked assured, until the Italian left just enough space into the Chicane for Turkington to launch a last-gasp bid for victory, diving down the inside to steal the win and close the gap to Neal, who was only able to finish seventh.

Shedden completed the podium, his drive-through penalty possibly preventing him from claiming a hat-trick of victories, while Turner took fourth from Smith and Chilton. Behind Neal in seventh, Kaye took eighth ahead of Pinkney, while Bell brought his BMW to the finish to claim the final point in tenth place.

With a number of cars leaving Donington with heavy damage, there are some long nights ahead before the next round at Snetterton in two weeks time.


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Colin Turkington (GBR), WSR Team RAC MG and Fabrizio Giovanardi (ITA), Vauxhall Astra
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