Onslow-Cole gets win in race three

Tom Onslow-Cole won the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Silverstone to move himself into title contention

Onslow-Cole gets win in race three

After an early safety car period Onslow-Cole spent two laps behind the Tech-Speed Honda of Paul O'Neill, which had started from pole on the reversed grid.

But once he was able to utilise the straightline speed advantage of his LPG-engined Focus, Onslow-Cole pulled alongside his rival on the start/finish straight and completed the move at Copse.

While he pulled away to a 2.5-second victory, his team-mate Tom Chilton, who had been gifted wins in the first two races, could not pass O'Neill, who equalled Tech-Speed's best BTCC finish with second. Chilton was then passed for third by Mat Jackson with four laps to go, the Motorbase BMW driver hitting the rear of Chilton's car at Brooklands and costing it three spots.

Jackson completed the podium ahead of the Hondas of Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden, and Chilton.

Steven Kane (Motorbase) and James Nash (Triple 8 Vauxhall) were next up, the pair being promoted when the former banged doors with Andrew Jordan, causing the Eurotech Vauxhall to spin into Rob Collard's WSR BMW at Becketts.

Ninth was a recovering Jason Plato, who was hit by his old rival Neal at Copse on the opening lap and fell to the back of the field. He is now only 14 points ahead of Onslow-Cole in the championship

Plato's Chevrolet team-mate Alex MacDowall also had a nasty start to the race, stalling on the line and being rammed from behind by Martin Depper's Forster BMW.

MacDowall managed to get his car going, despite extensive rear damage, and finished 10th, but only after Phil Glew (Special Tuning UK SEAT) and Andy Neate (WSR BMW) were given drive-through penalties.

Pos  Driver           Car          Time/Gap
 1.  Tom Onslow-Cole  Ford       28m42.835s
 2.  Paul O'Neill     Honda        + 2.628s
 3.  Mat Jackson      BMW          + 6.597s
 4.  Matt Neal        Honda        + 6.825s
 5.  Gordon Shedden   Honda        + 7.209s
 6.  Tom Chilton      Ford         + 7.707s
 7.  Steven Kane      BMW          + 9.287s
 8.  James Nash       Vauxhall    + 16.887s
 9.  Jason Plato      Chevrolet   + 17.133s
10.  Alex MacDowall   Chevrolet   + 19.435s
11.  David Pinkney    Vauxhall    + 26.491s
12.  Rob Collard      BMW         + 33.949s
13.  Philip Glew      SEAT        + 37.921s
14.  Andy Neate       BMW         + 42.919s
15.  Martin Johnson   Vauxhall    + 48.474s
16.  Arthur Forster   BMW           + 1 lap

Retirements:

     John George      Honda      18 laps
     Andrew Jordan    Vauxhall   11 laps
     Tom Boardman     SEAT       11 laps
     Lea Wood         Honda      0 laps
     Martin Depper    BMW        0 laps
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