Kane takes maiden win at Thruxton

Steven Kane claimed his maiden British Touring Car Championship victory in the third race of the day at Thruxton, leading home his team-mate Mat Jackson in a one-two finish for the Motorbase BMW squad

Kane takes maiden win at Thruxton

Kane, who spent last year as the test driver for the Formula 2 championship, resisted extreme pressure from his team-mate to beat him to the chequered flag by a second after 18 hard-fought laps.

Rob Collard started the reversed grid race from pole in his WSR BMW and led Kane during the early stages, although Matt Neal's Honda soon closed in on the pair.

The key moment of the race came on lap seven. Neal, lying third, drove around the outside of Kane at the chicane, but within the same move also made contact with Collard, the second impact spinning the latter into the tyre wall opposite the pit entrance.

While Collard was out on the spot and the damage to Neal's car also forced his retirement, Kane slipped through to grab the lead, hotly pursued by Jackson.

Following a late-race safety car period, the pair disputed the lead, with Jackson's only opportunity to pass being thwarted when the pair came across waved yellow flags at Allard with two laps to go.

Behind them, Jason Plato finished third for Chevrolet, Gordon Shedden fourth for Honda and Fabrizio Giovanardi fifth for Triple 8 Vauxhall. Those results mean that Giovanardi left Thruxton with a nine-point lead over Plato in the championship.

Phil Glew had been due a top six result before his Triple 8 Vauxhall gave out a puff of smoke and then slowed to a halt with a lap and a half to go.

That allowed Paul O'Neill to gain a place and finish sixth in his Tech-Speed Honda while seventh and eighth places for Arena Ford team-mates Tom Onslow-Cole and Tom Chilton represented the first BTCC points for cars powered by LPG engines.

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Steven Kane BMW 25m29.299s 2. Mat Jackson BMW +1.096 3. Jason Plato Chevrolet +1.543 4. Gordon Shedden Honda +1.733 5. F.Giovanardi Vauxhall +1.907 6. Paul O'Neill Honda +8.381 7. Tom Onslow-Cole Ford +9.036 8. Tom Chilton Ford +9.643 9. Alex MacDowall Chevrolet +11.363 10. David Pinkney Vauxhall +12.003 11. Andy Neate BMW +23.338 12. Matthew Hamilton Honda +40.177 13. Tom Boardman SEAT +1:19.688 14. Andrew Jordan Vauxhall +1 lap Not classified Philip Glew Vauxhall 16 laps John George Honda 14 laps Shaun Hollamby Volkswagen 13 laps Matt Neal Honda 7 laps Rob Collard BMW 6 laps Martin Johnson Vauxhall 0 laps 
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