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It was an all-Vauxhall front row, with Dave Newsham starting second. Wood held the lead away from the line, but Tom Onslow-Cole used his rear wheel drive advantage to move up to second. Matt Neal slid onto the grass on the opening lap and dropped to the back of the field. The Honda driver was defending from Frank Wrathall at the time. At the front, Mat Jackson put his new NGTC Ford into third place when he overtook Tom OnslowCole, who had already lost out to Newsham.

On lap four, there was a switch among the Vectras at the front, with Newsham passing Wood to lead. Meanwhile, Jackson was forced to defend his third place from the hard-charging Gordon Shedden. As the race went on, a queue formed behind Jackson’s Ford and it was only a matter of time until he lost third place. It happened on lap seven, when both Onslow-Cole and Shedden found a way through. Onslow-Cole then inherited second place when Lea Wood was forced to retire with a gearbox problem. However, there was nothing he could do

about Newsham at the front as the Scot headed towards his first BTCC victory. Newsham held on to be the first to see the chequered flag. He was followed across the line by OnslowCole and Shedden. However, for the second time this year, Shedden was excluded from the result for exceeding the permitted turbo boost levels during the race. That promoted Jason Plato to third, with Mat Jackson fourth and Andrew Jordan fifth. Sixth place went to Aron Smith, ahead of Frank Wrathall and Matt Neal. Rob Collard

Bad weekend: Gordon Shedden Caught fire on Saturday; disqualified on Sunday. Otherwise would have led championship.

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and Adam Morgan rounded out the top ten.

points behind, with Plato a further two adrift.

Following Shedden’s disqualification, Matt Neal regains the championship lead heading to Knockhill. Shedden is eight

NEWSHAM WINS BUT NGTC STARS DOMINATE Newsham, Wood and Onslow-Cole all helped boost the S2000 ‘laps led’ tally at Snetterton, but the overall stats still show dominance from the NGTC racers.

With Mat Jackson joining the NGTC ranks, surely the gap is only going to increase over the remainder of the 2012 season.

NGTC S2000 Races won

14

4

Fastest laps

12

6

5

1

201

111

Pole positions Laps led

Lea Wood Not so much a bad weekend as a bad race, that could have been so good. Gearbox failure cost him dear.

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