Eaves Doubles Up

Dan Eaves roared to his second British Touring Car Championship victory of the day at Thruxton on Sunday with a dominant display from pole position, as Team Halfords Honda team-mate Matt Neal had a major fight on his hands to grab the second spot

Eaves Doubles Up

Despite having the full amount of ballast, Eaves got away cleanly from pole position and found himself with a pretty comfortable lead as the field came out of the Complex, after the chasing Jason Plato and Matt Neal made light contact.

That incident not only cost the two drivers time because it also allowed Yvan Muller, who had originally started sixth, to grab the second spot.

Plato was eager to wrest that second spot back from Muller and on lap two he made his move on the run down to the Chicane. The SEAT driver dummied to the outside before diving down the inside under braking, but the manoeuvre ended in an almost inevitable collision.

Muller found himself getting pushed sideways by Plato in his bid to keep the place and, after being spun almost 90 degrees, he somehow managed to keep his foot in and hang onto the place.

The battling between Muller and Plato allowed Neal to get back into contention and on lap nine the championship leader made his move for third at Goodwood after Plato ran a little bit wide.

Plato tried to shut the door but in the subsequent collision he came off worst as he was nudged wide and lost ground - allowing Neal to take third place and James Pickford to move up to fourth.

Neal did not look back, however, and set about chasing down main title rival Muller. On lap 14, after several half attempts, Neal made his move through Goodwood to grab second - but it was too late for him to do anything about closing down on race winner Eaves.

Muller held onto third, ahead of Pickford and Plato, who managed to resist late-race pressure from the hard-charging Tom Chilton.

BTCC Race Result, Thruxton - Round Five

Pos Driver            Make                  Time      Laps Gap
 1. Dan Eaves         Honda Integra         21:35.659  16
 2. Matt Neal         Honda Integra         21:36.515  16  +  0.856
 3. Yvan Muller       Vauxhall Astra Sport  21:38.166  16  +  2.507
 4. James Pickford    SEAT Toledo Cupra     21:39.485  16  +  3.826
 5. Jason Plato       SEAT Toledo Cupra     21:42.633  16  +  6.974
 6. Tom Chilton       Honda Civic Type-R    21:42.932  16  +  7.273
 7. Colin Turkington  Vauxhall Astra Sport  21:43.445  16  +  7.786
 8. Luke Hines        SEAT Toledo Cupra     21:50.669  16  + 15.010
 9. James Kaye        Honda Civic Type-R    21:56.462  16  + 20.803
10. Gavin Smith       Vauxhall Astra Sport  21:58.572  16  + 22.913
11. Rob Collard       MG ZS                 22:01.455  16  + 25.796

Fastest Lap: Dan Eaves  1:19.302
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