Giovanardi takes fifth season win

Fabrizio Giovanardi slashed Colin Turkington's British Touring Car Championship lead from 20 points to 13 by taking his fifth win of the season at Knockhill

Giovanardi takes fifth season win

Giovanardi started fifth in his Vauxhall, but was up to third by the end of the second lap, and then out-dragged Mat Jackson's RML Chevrolet for second on lap five as the pair exited Clark's.

His move for victory came on lap nine as he passed Gordon Shedden's Clyde Valley Racing SEAT at the hairpin, taking advantage of a lock-up by the Scotsman to put his Vectra inside, and then elbowing the yellow machine into the gravel briefly as he went by.

Jackson took the opportunity to follow Giovanardi through to second, and WSR BMW driver Turkington did his best to limit the damage done by the Italian as he also edged past Shedden into an eventual third place, six laps later.

Both Matt Neal (Vauxhall) and James Thompson (Team Dynamics Honda), put in superb recovery drives to come from the back two rows of the grid to finish fourth and sixth - sandwiching the Tech-Speed Honda of the again excellent Paul O'Neill.

Jonathan Adam finished seventh for Motorbase BMW, ahead of Stephen Jelley's WSR car and Shedden, who went backwards during the second half of the race.

Race One winner Jason Plato, meanwhile, failed to start the race on schedule, the polesitter pulling his RML Chevrolet into the pits at the end of the formation lap with an engine misfire. He did get going after a few laps, but did not make the finish.

 Pos Driver Car Result 1. Fabrizio Giovanardi Vauxhall 24m12.946s 2. Mat Jackson Chevrolet + 1.377s 3. Colin Turkington BMW + 2.075s 4. Matt Neal Vauxhall + 7.307s 5. Paul O'Neill Honda + 10.316s 6. James Thompson Honda + 12.122s 7. Jonathan Adam BMW + 12.744s 8. Stephen Jelley BMW + 16.567s 9. Gordon Shedden SEAT + 18.081s 10. Andrew Jordan Vauxhall + 18.288s 11. Tom Chilton Ford + 19.013s 12. Rob Collard BMW + 19.110s 13. Martin Johnson Vauxhall + 33.464s 14. John George Honda + 1 lap Retirements David Pinkney Honda 13 laps Harry Vaulkhard Chevrolet 2 laps Jason Plato Chevrolet 0 laps 
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