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Thruxton BTCC And TOCA Support Round-Up

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BTCC, Thruxton 2012 (Photo Credit:

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Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship

Gordon Shedden left a soaked Thruxton just four points off Jason Plato in the championship standings after securing another pair of wins to add to Donington Park successes. The scot's victories came despite being demoted from a probable pole position due to a technical infringement in qualifying allowing Andrew Jordan to take a second BTCC career pole. Plato started the opening race second, despite ending his own qualifying in a ditch outside Church, then fell pack after contact with Jordan at turn one. The MG man rallied to takes third place in the first race behind winner Mat Jackson and Dave Newsham before he moved up to second in race two, between Shedden and Jackson. Caught out by a frantic opening lap in the finale Plato was delayed as Shedden and Honda Yuasa Racing teammate Matt Neal surged to the front in race three to secure a second Honda 1-2 of the season. Frank Wrathall completed the podium in much improved showing for the Dynojet Toyota Avensis.

Michelin Ginetta GT Superup

IDL UK driver Tom Sharp continued his barnstorming start to the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup, collecting his sixth, seventh and eighth wins of the season – itself just nine races old. Sharp started the opening race from pole position alongside Tom Ingram and had to contend with Ginetta Junior and G50 graduate chasing him during both of the first two races, though the chase in the first race was significantly closer than the second. Ingram took the early lead in the final race, holding off Sharp for eight laps until he lost the lead to an astounding move around the outside at Noble. Demoted to second place Ingram was soon forced to retire with a broken driveshaft, leaving Josh Wakefield and Carl Breeze to each take a second podium of their weekends in second and third places respectively. In the G50 class is was a Richardson Racing weekend. Mark Davies won the second tier class in both the first and second race before Louise Richardson took the class win in the final contest.

Ginetta Juniors

Charlie Robertson, Niall Murray and rookie Harry Woodhead locked out the podium spots in both of the weekend's Ginetta Junior races – surprisingly calm affairs given the treacherous conditions. The trio were the class of the field in races after Robertson and Murray had started on the front row. Robertson dominated the opening race on the Saturday afternoon, winning by over ten seconds before Murray made the second event a closer affair, keeping Robertson's lead to just two seconds. Their results move Robertson and Murray to positions one and two in the championship standings as the leapt ahead of Sennan Fielding who could only muster a sixth and eighth from the weekend.

Air Asia Renault UK Clio Cup

James Colburn won both Clio Cup races of the weekend. While the Westbourne Motorsport driver picked up pole for the second race it was Adam Bonham who was fastest overall in qualifying and therefore started the first race from pole. However his advantage was short lived as he slipped back to third behind front row partner Josh Files and Colburn, who swept from third to first to lead the first lap and keep Bonham at bay for the entire race, the gap between them only a few tenths for much of the race. Sunday's race brought different conditions and chaotic race for the Clio field and after initially starting behind the safety car Colburn slid from the lead to third as he ran wide at the complex allowing Files and Bonham by, though Bonham's lead was short lived as he pitted to clear grass from the front of his Team Pyro charge. Through the spray Paul Rivett took the lead and looked to pull away, an aim thwarted by the reappearance of the safety car. The safety car unleashed the pack with five laps remaining, Rivett holding the lead until the start of the last lap, when Colburn took the lead at Allard.

Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Michael Meadows continues to the standings in the Carrera Cup, despite the fact that the Redline Racing driver missed out on the podium for the first time in six races this season. After starting the weekend on familiar form by claiming double pole from Saturday's qualifying session Meadows' comparative slip-up came in the second race of the day. He was jumped off the line by Rory Butcher, Daniel Lloyd and Jonas Gelzinis following by on the opening lap. After repassing Gelzinis Meadows harassed Lloyd for second before fading behind Glynn Geddie to finish fourth. Lloyd meanwhile caught and passed Butcher for the lead as he span at the chicane, Geddie taking second. In the earlier race Meadows had lost out to Richard Plant early on but retook the lead to record his fifth success of the season and extend his points lead.

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