quickly became second after pulling off an audacious three abreast move into the final chicane.However, second quickly became the lead for Collard as the race leader Neal fell victim of yet more drama and subsequently pulled into the pits due to a power-steering issue.Having inherited the lead, Collard was unable to pull away from Honda’s Shedden while Tom Ingram joined the party in third.But before Shedden and Ingram could pounce upon the race leader, the final red flag let Collard off the hook to record his first win of the 2017 season.Eurotech Racing’s Goff had to settle for fourth, while Rob Austin completed the top-five ahead of Team BMW’s Colin Turkington, Mac Tools Racing’s Adam Morgan and Subaru’s Ashley Sutton in sixth, seventh and eighth.Double champion Turkington will start the final reverse grid race on pole position after coming up trumps in the grid-draw.Aiden Moffat and Jeff Smith rounded out the top-ten runners following an incident-strewn second race.
Team BMW’s Rob Collard has won a red flag shortened second British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton after a late incident curtails the running.The second race was hit by two red-flag periods, the first of which resulted in almost an hour long delay.In an almost carbon-copy start of race one, Neal retained the lead ahead of his team mate Shedden despite the Honda duo spending the majority of the opening complex side-by-side for the lead.However, a heavy shunt involving MG’s Daniel Lloyd at Church corner brought out an early red flag, following a brief safety car period, as the marshals set about clearing the accident damage.After a lengthy delay of almost an hour whilst repairs were made to the damaged Armco barrier, the race was restarted to a shortened distance of 10 laps.Neal once again led away from pole position but it was Team BMW’s Rob Collard who was making the headlines from sixth after ending the opening lap in second.Collard made a lightning start and immediately jumped to third.
Collard wins race shortened by two big crashes
Robert Collard has won the second race of the BTCC weekend at Thruxton, which was red-flagged twice.
At the end of the second lap, Neal darted for the pits as his power steering had failed.
There was an hour-long delay while the barrier was repaired, which meant the race distance was reduced to 10 laps.
The cars started the second part from the positions in which they finished lap three of the opening part.
I am thrilled.”Shedden maintained the pressure on Collard, while Tom Ingram (Speedworks Toyota Avensis) climbed his way up through the pack to third place.
referring to BMW’s Rob Collard won a heavily interrupted second British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton, which featured two red-flag stoppages due to accidents.
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The first red-flag incident was between MG’s Daniel Lloyd, Árón Taylor-Smith and Power Maxed Racing’s Senna Proctor.
Second then became first on the second lap when the leading Honda of Neal pulled into the pits with a trip-out on his Civic’s power steering system.
Moffat and Eurotech Racing’s Jeff Smith completed the top ten, ahead of Matt Simpson in 11th and Tom Chilton in 12th.