Adam Morgan scooped his first win of the season in his Mercedes A-Class
Adam Morgan nudged Andy Priaulx into a spin at the start of race two
Independent driver Jeff Smith took a best finish of 17th in his Honda Civic
Matt Neal lets Aron Smith know he's there as the pair fight for position
Gordon Shedden sped to glory in race one from second on the grid
Body work flies from Andy Priaulx's spinning car as Warren Scott squeezes past
Jason Plato skips over the kerbs on his way to career victory number 90
Aiden Moffatt and Rob Austin contest the same piece of Thruxton real estate
A quiet weekend by Andrew Jordan's standards, but he's still in the title hunt
The Support Our Paras racing team welcome former F1 driver Martin Donnelly
Audi drive Rob Austin gets a grilling from BTCC pitlane commentator Alan Hyde
Jason Plato focuses on the task ahead in his Volkswagen CC
Andy Wilmot took a best finish of 20th in the third race in his Proton Gen 2
Dave Newsham (Chevrolet Cruze) and Martin Depper (Honda Civic) tussle
Sam Tordoff charged to third place in the final race of the day
Tom Ingram snuck into the top ten in his Toyota Avensis in races one and three
Kieran Gallagher racked up a best finish of 15th in the second encounter
A brace of ninth-place finishes went Josh Cook's way in his Chevrolet Cruze
Reigning champion Colin Turkington scored solidly in all three races
Volkswagen CC driver Aron Smith sped to his first pole position on Saturday
Massive crowds flocked to the Hampshire circuit to watch Sunday's action
A strong fourth in race two was Jack Goff's best result during the weekend
Team engineers prepare to wheel the cars out of their pitlane bays
Mercedes privateer Adam Morgan scored his first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship victory of the season at Thruxton, powering his A-Class to victory in the final, reverse-grid, race of the day.
Morgan led from start to finish to earn his second win in the series, but had to resist race-long pressure from MG6 ace Andrew Jordan to scoop the honours - including a high-pressure restart after a safety car period when Warren Scott crashed his Volkswagen CC.
Morgan's win capped a trio of BTCC races in which the winner of each race established themselves up front early on, but was always forced to drive under intense pressure to hold on to their success.
In the day’s opener Honda’s Gordon Shedden passed polesitter Aron Smith (Volkswagen CC) at the start, but was immediately chased by team-mate Matt Neal, who squeezed past Smith in to Allard bend early in the lap. Thereafter it rarely looked like Shedden would be threatened as Neal, who was always in striking distance, had to drive defensively from Smith and a charging Morgan. A late puncture ended Smith’s strong challenge.
The second race of the day was won by Jason Plato (Volkswagen CC) after an intense battle with Rob Collard (BMW 125i M Sport). Collard got his rear-wheel-drive car ahead of Plato at the start, but Plato responded on the second lap by out-dragging his rival around the outside line on the high-speed run in to the chicane. Thereafter Collard and Plato engaged in a cat and mouse chase, without ever overtaking one another. The victory was Plato’s 90th in the BTCC.
The results of Thruxton’s three races leave Honda’s Shedden in the championship lead after three of the championship’s ten events. The Scot is a mere eight points ahead of Colin Turkington. Meanwhile erstwhile points leader Neal, Plato, Morgan and Jordan are all within 16 points of the driver’s championship lead.
Honda continues to lead the manufacturers’ standings on 260 points, 14 clear of MG and 57 ahead of BMW. The only other registered manufacturer, Infiniti, continues to develop its pair of Q50s - one of which was driven by ex-F1 star Martin Donnelly for the first time this weekend - and is on 106 points.
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