After a fraught time and some off-roading at the Hampshire circuit of Thruxton in the first race of the day, Honda's Tom Chilton found himself in tenth place come the chequered flag. With the reverse top ten for the second BTCC race of the day, that means pole for race two.

Chilton had been threatening for fourth place in the early laps, but a mistake on the third lap saw the teenager take his Civic on the grass for some ten seconds, throwing him back through the field to emerge back on circuit in twelfth.

A twelfth-placed finish means a twelfth placed start for the second race of the day, but moving forward two places in the race means a start on pole for race two, due to the reverse top ten grid.

Ahead of Chilton in the sixteen lap race were Rob Collard and Charlie Butler-Henderson, with the brother of television presenter Vicki sitting in the magical tenth position.

Collard became increasingly eager to move into tenth, but behind him Chilton was eager to move forward too. Collard first found a way past Butler-Henderson's Vauxhall, then Chilton too, as CB-H saw his second race pole drop to a twelfth place start for the race.

Chilton, once past one Vauxhall, set about Collard's car. Peeling his nearside wing back in his endeavours, Chilton, in the matt black car, was past.

Further ahead in the field, Jason Plato was trying his own method to attain a pole, as he let past Dan Eaves, Rob Huff and Michael Bentwood as he closed down on the chequered flag, but South African Shaun Watson-Smith rumbled his plan and both drivers ambled across the line trying to allow the other man go first.

Top ten on grid for race two

1. Tom Chilton
2. Shaun Watson-Smith
3. Jason Plato
4. Michael Bentwood
5. Rob Huff
6. Dan Eaves
7. Anthony Reid
8. Yvan Muller
9. Matt Neal
10. James Thompson


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