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April 1st, 2012
Rob Collard won the first British Touring Car race of the season at Brands Hatch on Sunday afternoon after a dramatic fight.
Collard’s rear-wheel-drive WSR BMW, running a turbo engine for the first time, jumped from third to second on the run to Paddock at the start.
When polesitter Dave Newsham (ES Racing Vauxhall Vectra) had a small slide at Paddock, Collard got a run on the climb to Druids. Newsham closed the door and there was contact, Collard taking the lead as Newsham slipped to third after a hit from Andrew Jordan (Eurotech Honda Civic).
After a safety car period to retrieve BTCC debutant Adam Morgan’s Speedworks Toyota from the Paddock gravel trap, Collard, Matt Neal (Honda Civic), Newsham, Jason Plato’s new MG6 and Tom Onslow-Cole’s WSR BMW drew away.
Neal attacked Collard on the inside of Clearways and made the move stick to lead into Paddock with his new NGTC Civic, and Newsham followed him through.
At the same time, Plato, Onslow-Cole and a charging Gordon Shedden (Honda) – up from ninth on the grid – squabbled over fourth.
Just after half-distance, Newsham got a run on Neal out of Clearways, but Plato – who had already passed Collard – was quicker than both. He tried to make it three wide into Paddock, which resulted in Newsham being fired into the gravel, and Collard passing all three to lead.
Newsham’s off, along with a crash by Aron Smith (Motorbase Ford Focus), brought out the second safety car.
Collard led the field for the five-lap dash to the flag and held on to win despite a kiss from Neal at the last corner.
With Shedden dropping back twice with an intermittent problem, Onslow-Cole and Plato fought for third. The MG pulled alongside Onslow-Cole on the run to the line, but the Neil Brown-prepared BMW engine was enough to keep Plato off the podium by 0.036 seconds.
Behind Shedden, Andrew Jordan was sixth, his Civic seemingly lacking some pace after the lap-one hit.
Mat Jackson’s Motorbase Ford Focus overtook the Audi of Rob Austin on the last lap for seventh, while Nick Foster made it three WSR BMWs in the top nine.
Results – 27 laps:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Rob Collard WSR BMW 26m15.638s
2. Matt Neal Dynamics Honda + 0.329s
3. Tom Onslow-Cole WSR BMW + 1.114s
4. Jason Plato Triple 8 MG + 1.150s
5. Gordon Shedden Dynamics Honda + 3.872s
6. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda + 5.156s
7. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford + 7.339s
8. Rob Austin Austin Audi + 7.489s
9. Nick Foster WSR BMW + 7.581s
10. Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda + 7.886s
11. Lea Wood Wood Vauxhall + 8.186s
12. Andy Neate Triple 8 MG + 12.090s
13. Ollie Jackson AmD Volkswagen + 12.112s
14. Liam Griffin Motorbase Ford + 12.307s
15. Chris James ES Vauxhall + 15.499s
16. Tony Hughes Speedworks Toyota + 24.791s
17. Daniel Welch Welch Proton + 27.661s
18. Tony Gilham Gilham Honda + 1 lap
Did not finish:
John Thorne Thorney Vauxhall 24 laps
Dave Newsham ES Vauxhall 14 laps
Aron Smith Motorbase Ford 14 laps
Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota 1 lap
Adam Morgan Speedworks Toyota 0 laps