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BTCC Knockhill Race 2: Collard, eBay Motors 1-2 Again

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Collard led home Tom Onslow-Cole, just as in race one (Photo Credit: btcc.net)

Rob Collard made it two wins from two races at Knockhill. Once again, he was followed home by eBay Motors team mate Tom Onslow-Cole and home favourite Gordon Shedden in a repeat of the top three finish in race one.

Unlike in race one however; we didn’t have to wait till lap two to wait for the safety car. Chris James, Lea Wood and the unfortunate Daniel Welch got together at the first corner, which left James’ Vauxhall beached in the gravel trap. Once the race restarted, it was the BMWs leading away once again from Shedden’s Honda.

For a time Shedden had looked to be challenging the two BMWs – but as the race went on, he began to drop back, resulting in Collard winning in dominant fashion once again, with Onslow-Cole following him home once more. Paul O’Neill improved on his sixth place finish in race one to finish behind Shedden in fourth, clear of Aron Smith’s Ford who enjoyed another strong run to net some useful points.

With little action at the very front of the field, the best battling once again came in the midfield, with Nick Foster showing why the BMW cars are generally competitive this weekend as he made progress through the field. There was drama elsewhere however, as Mat Jackson’s exhaust came adrift of the car and began to fill the car with fumes.

The hapless Jackson was seen to be opening the driver’s door on the straight to get some fresh air into the car, before the team made the sensible decision to retire the car. Had he continued, it would have been another points finish for the NGTC car.

Jackson was taken to the medical centre as a precaution – there is currently no word on whether he will be fit to take part in the third race of the day.

It was a challenging race for both Matt Neal and Jason Plato who failed to make much progress. Neal suffered a trip through the gravel at Clark a few laps from the end to take eighth place, whilst Plato missed out on making the top ten and finished eleventh.

The result means that Gordon Shedden once again takes the points lead in the championship. He has a five point advantage over team mate Neal. Snetterton race winner Dave Newsham therefore claimed the tenth position and will start the reverse grid race three from pole position. Jeff Smith will start alongside him with another Honda, that of the Team Dynamics car of Matt Neal starts from third position and will surely be a contender for the race victory.

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