Thompson wins Oulton race three

James Thompson claimed his third British Touring Car Championship victory of the season with a lights-to-flag win in race three at Oulton Park

Thompson wins Oulton race three

The two-time champion started the reversed grid race from pole position in his Team Dynamics Honda, and then made a good enough start to hold on to the lead into the first corner from fellow-front row starter Andrew Jordan.

In what was a processional race at the very front of the field, Thompson beat Vauxhall driver Jordan by 2.3 seconds.

Matt Neal finished third in the second Vauxhall and reclaimed the lead of the championship from Colin Turkington in the process.

The Vauxhall driver, who had earlier ended Jonathan Adam's chance of a podium when he hit the Motorbase BMW at the Island hairpin, had to fend off a determined effort from Adam's team-mate Rob Collard late on though, after he had previously driven superbly to come up from the back row of the grid to fourth place.

Jason Plato was fifth in the best of the RML Chevrolets, ahead of Fabrizio Giovanardi, who had a lonely drive to sixth in his Vauxhall.

Just like Collard, Mat Jackson started from the rear of the field after a gearbox problem in race two. He fought his way up to eighth by the chequered flag.

Significantly, he hit Turkington's WSR BMW during the closing stages of the race while battling for ninth, causing damage to the rear end of the German machine.

Turkington was out-dragged by Alan Morrison's Arena Ford out of the last corner of the race for the last point, leaving him two points adrift of Neal in the championship.

Pos Driver Car Time 1. James Thompson Honda 22m24.113s 2. Andrew Jordan Vauxhall + 2.284s 3. Matt Neal Vauxhall + 4.114s 4. Rob Collard BMW + 4.336s 5. Jason Plato Chevrolet + 4.927s 6. Fabrizio Giovanardi Vauxhall + 7.366s 7. Adam Jones SEAT + 10.705s 8. Mat Jackson Chevrolet + 11.272s 9. Paul O'Neill Honda + 13.394s 10. Alan Morrison Ford + 15.186s 11. Colin Turkington BMW + 15.212s 12. Harry Vaulkhard Chevrolet + 18.256s 13. Jonathan Adam BMW + 20.181s 14. Dan Eaves SEAT + 20.847s 15. Martyn Bell Honda + 41.392s 16. John George Honda + 42.860s 17. James Nash Chevrolet + 1 lap Retirements: David Pinkney Honda 14 Stephen Jelley BMW 14 Tom Chilton Ford 12 Martin Johnson Vauxhall 11 
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