Honda dominant at Thruxton
Honda showed total dominance at Thruxton on Sunday with Honda Yuasa Racing grabbing three out of three wins.
Matt Neal took his 50th BTCC win in race one, adding again to the figure in race two and making it 51st win, Race one saw Andrew Jordan suffer a puncture which prevented him from taking the win and the championship lead.
Plato in the MG managed just enough to race one to take second but he was carrying maximum ballast in the car. Coming in 5th in race two and yet another victim of punctures in race three.
Thruxton is the fastest racing circuit in the UK, and certainly produced some lively racing. Honda now lead both the Manufactures and Driver standings, with Matt Neal at the top.
Qualifying day issues with both the Audis meant he was out qualified by four of the S2000 specification Jack Sears Trophy cars, and finished in 25th place.
After Rob complaining of no rear grip, the team found that a large part of the handling problems were down to a sheared front anti roll bar. This must be a cause of worry as it’s the second time this component has failed on Rob’s car and once on Wills.
Tom Onslow-Cole in the HARD Passat was without a doubt one of the stars of the weekend. The Passat is just about 8 weeks old but Tom took it to third place in race one, went one better again in race two and came in forth in race three.
Tom knows the Hampshire circuit well, having worked there since he was 17 for the race school, so has done thousands of laps and knows every bump.
Team HARD are convinced they have the pace to run against the top five which may prove interesting to see the Passat giving the Honda boys a run for their money. According to Tom further work is still needed to keep the pace up, but its certainly looking good this early in the season.
James Kaye and the AMD Golf hoped to secure the lead for the Jack Sears Trophy at Thruxton and although qualifying third in class for the first race, but bad luck snatched it away. After a strong drive in race one, coming up through the field from 23rd place on the grid to the front of the S2000 field, seconds later a broken CV joint forced him to retire at Complex.
Race two saw a puncture leaving him know option but to again retire whilst in 2nd place, but he managed to hang on to a 3rd place finish in the final race.
James admitted they had a problem over the weekend that they had not been able to resolve, and had been struggling for grip. Shaun Hollamby Team Boss agreed it had been a difficult weekend, but hopes to come back fighting at Oulton Park in June.
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