The grid order was changed after the previous report went out as Matt Neal was disqualified from the previous race for failing ride height checks.
So Jack Goff started on pole having been moved up to tenth with Giovanardi alongside and Ingram just behind. A chaotic first lap followed and by the end of it, Jordan was leading from Goff and Collard then Jackson, Tordoff, Turkington, Shedden, Morgan, Foster, Smith. Giovanardi was down the field with a lot of damage and Tom Ingram was out of the race parked in the corn field! The safety car was scrambled while Ingram’s car was recovered.
For the rest of the race Jordan pulled away with Collard passing Goff for second. Sadly Goff then fell further down the field eventually finishing in sixth with Adam Morgan snatching fifth from him on the line by 1 thousandth of a second! Gordon Shedden fought his way from eighth on the grid to take the final podium spot after Mat Jackson held it for much of the race. Turkington looked set to follow Shedden up the field but was thwarted by his clutch failing and had to retire. Matt Neal had looked set for a great end to the day but a run in with Rob Austin put them both out of the race. Also failing to finish were Clarke, Geddie, Hynes, Welch, Holland and Giovanardi. The Airwaves driver was forced to retire after his second incident of the race and most of the other retirements were down to crashes, including a motorway style pile up as the cars backed up in the hairpin as the safety car pulled off.
Nick Foster finally got some luck with a seventh place finish, the Ebay driver not having the success of his two collegues. Eighth and ninth were team mates Menu and Smith who battled each other with Smith narrowly avoiding going off at the chicane. Jason Plato completed the top ten, having fought his way back up after the first lap incidents.
Full results are available on TSL
It’s possible there may be further developments as incidents in the race are looked into. The next rounds are at Snetterton at the beginning of August. By Marc Waller