Dave Newsham took the first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car race victory of his career in the final race of the day at Snetterton.
As the race got underway pole sitter Lea Wood made an excellent start to fend off the fast starting BMW of Tom Onslow-Cole who got ahead of Dave Newsham on the run down to Riches. However, Newsham battled back further round the first lap to retake second position and set off in pursuit of Wood who had pulled clear. On lap four having caught Wood, Newsham dived down the inside into Montreal to take the lead and pulled away.
Further down the field Mat Jackson pulled off a fantastic overtaking manoeuvre on Tom-Onslow Cole at Corum for third position. However all of his hard work was undone a couple of laps later when he slid wide at Brundle and dropped down to sixth position, with Onslow-Cole, Shedden and Plato all moving past him.
As the race went on Wood began to fall back into the clutches of third placed Onslow-Cole but before the ebay Motors driver tried a move he was gifted the position as Wood slowed with what appeared to be a gearbox problem and was forced to retire.
At the front Newsham kept everything neat and tidy as the race entered the closing stages and despite the fact Onslow-Cole was closing in on him he was never close enough to make a genuine attempt for the lead. Newsham crossed the line the best part of a second clear of Onslow-Cole who took his best result of the season so far in second.
Gordon Shedden finished third and in doing so moved into the championship lead. Jason Plato was fourth ahead of Jackson and race two winner Andrew Jordan.
Aron Smith was seventh ahead of Frank Wrathall and the recovering Matt Neal who had been tipped into a spin by Wrathall on the opening lap. He made his way from the very back of the field through to ninth at the flag just holding off Rob Collard who finished tenth.
The series heads north of the border to Knockhill for rounds 19, 20 & 21 in a fortnight’s time.
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Photo Credit: Pete Mainey