Mat Jackson drove a mistake-free race to take his third victory of the season, narrowly beating the two WSR BMWs that had shadowed him throughout. The Airwaves Racing man took the lead from pole sitter Nick Foster on the first lap and held on for a valuable win.
Foster made good use of the BMW's rear-wheel drive to lead into the first corner but Jackson gained greater momentum coming out of the chicane and breezed past on the run towards Tower. Collard's lightning start matched that of his teammate as he moved from sixth to third ahead of Gordon Shedden, Andrew Jordan and Tom Chilton with Matt Neal still in seventh.
Jason Plato made a storming start too from 20th on the grid but was forced wide through Clervaux. Despite that he emerged from the first few laps in 16th and was quickly onto the tail of the midfield runners, overtaking Jeff Smith and Shaun Hollamby in the space of a lap.
Back at the front, Jackson continued to lead the two BMWs as the race approached half distance with Gordon Shedden still in touch in fourth. Jordan was fifth but Tom Chilton had lost his grip on sixth, with Matt Neal and James Nash sweeping past as they came through the Jim Clark Esses on lap seven. Chilton dropped another place on the next lap as Alex MacDowall took eighth.
With Jackson showing no signs of flinching out in front, WSR changed their plan of attack, with Foster allowing Collard through into second on lap 11. The no.8 BMW regularly closed in on the Ford Focus through the complex but Jackson continued to cover the inside line into the final hairpin before pulling away on the pit straight.
The race came to an anti-climatic finish with Paul O'Neill's stranded Chevrolet bringing out the yellow flags at the hairpin, eliminating Collard's best chance of overtaking on the final lap. Instead, Collard relinquished second to his teammate, returning the favour for being let through earlier in the race.
Andrew Jordan claimed fourth after passing Gordon Shedden four laps from home in a carbon copy of his race two move on the Honda. Shedden also lost fifth on the penultimate lap as James Nash stormed past, moments after passing the other Civic of Matt Neal.
After two wins earlier in the day, the championship leader was forced to settle for seventh ahead of MacDowall and Chilton, with Dave Newsham scoring points again in tenth.
This left Jason Plato stuck outside the points in 11th after the reigning champion spent most of the race battling with Tom Onslow–Cole and Tony Gilham. Plato eventually picked them off but by that time, the leaders were too far away and more vital ground was lost in the championship battle.
Frank Wrathall was another driver who will have had his eyes on points but the Dynojet Toyota driver crashed out on lap two, ending up in the same field that Liam Griffin had ploughed into earlier.
As the British Touring Car Championship heads into its' seven-week summer break, Matt Neal leads by nine points from Mat Jackson, with Gordon Shedden in third. The consistency of Andrew Jordan and James Nash has kept them in touch, while Jason Plato's failure to score in races 2 and 3 has dropped him to sixth, 40 points adrift.
Race Result (15 Laps):
|1||Mat Jackson||Ford Focus ST||Airwaves Racing||22:10.663|
|2||Nick Foster||BMW 320si E90||WSR||+0.638|
|3||Rob Collard||BMW 320si E90||WSR||+0.922|
|4||Andrew Jordan||Vauxhall Vectra||Pirtek Racing||+10.909|
|5||James Nash||Vauxhall Vectra||888 Racing with Collins Contractors||+12.269|
|6||Gordon Shedden||Honda Civic||Honda Racing Team||+14.866|
|7||Matt Neal||Honda Civic||Honda Racing Team||+15.915|
|8||Alex MacDowall||Chevrolet Cruze||Silverline Chevrolet||+16.512|
|9||Tom Chilton||Global Ford Focus||Team Aon||+21.112|
|10||Dave Newsham||SEAT Leon||Special Tuning Racing||+21.855|
|11||Jason Plato||Chevrolet Cruze||Silverline Chevrolet||+31.066|
|12||Tony Gilham||Vauxhall Vectra||888 Racing with Collins Contractors||+34.691|
|13||Tom Onslow-Cole||Global Ford Focus||Team Aon||+38.211|
|14||Jeff Smith||Vauxhall Vectra||Pirtek Racing||+38.359|
|15||Shaun Hollamby||Volkswagen Golf||AmD Miltek Racing.com||+45.095|
|16||Liam Griffin||Ford Focus ST||Airwaves Racing||+54.858|
|17||John George||Chevrolet Cruze||GoMobileUK.com with Tech-Speed||+1:01.548|
|18||Chris James||Chevrolet Lacetti||Team ES Racing||+1:02.209|
|19||Lea Wood||Honda Integra||Central Group Racing||+1:19.308|
|Paul O'Neill||Chevrolet Cruze||GoMobileUK.com with Tech-Speed||+2 Laps|
|Tom Boardman||SEAT Leon||Special Tuning Racing||+5 Laps|
|Rob Austin||Audi A4||Rob Austin Racing||+10 Laps|
|Andy Neate||Global Ford Focus||Team Aon||+10 Laps|
|Frank Wrathall||Toyota Avensis||Dynojet||+14 Laps|
Lap Leaders (1 Point)
Jackson (Lap 1-17)
Fastest Lap (1 Point)
Rob Collard (1:26.928, Lap 3)
Drivers Championship (After Rounds 13, 14 & 15: Croft)
|1||Matt Neal||Honda Civic||Honda Racing Team||5||140|
|2||Mat Jackson||Ford Focus ST||Airwaves Racing||3||131|
|3||Gordon Shedden||Honda Civic||Honda Racing Team||2||120|
|4||Andrew Jordan||Vauxhall Vectra||Pirtek Racing||1||111|
|5||James Nash||Vauxhall Vectra||888 Racing with Collins Contractors||104|
|6||Jason Plato||Chevrolet Cruze||Silverline Chevrolet||4||100|
|7||Rob Collard||BMW 320si E90||WSR||66|
|8||Tom Chilton||Global Ford Focus||Team Aon||64|
|9||Alex MacDowall||Chevrolet Cruze||Silverline Chevrolet||47|
|10||Paul O'Neill||Chevrolet Cruze||GoMobileUK.com with Tech-Speed||32|
|11||Tom Boardman||SEAT Leon||Special Tuning Racing||31|
|12||Nick Foster||BMW 320si E90||WSR||27|
|13||Tony Gilham||Vauxhall Vectra||888 Racing with Collins Contractors||12|
|14||Jeff Smith||Vauxhall Vectra||Pirtek Racing||12|
|15||Tom Onslow-Cole||Global Ford Focus||Team Aon||10|
|16||Andy Neate||Global Ford Focus||Team Aon||9|
|17||Dave Newsham||SEAT Leon||Special Tuning Racing||9|
|18||Lea Wood||Honda Integra||Central Group Racing||4|
|19||Liam Griffin||Ford Focus ST||Airwaves Racing||2|