The draw for the reverse grid placed James Cole in pole position, his first pole in BTCC. Coming after TOCA re-equalised boost pressure with a turn down on the Subarus after race 2, keeping 1st would be a difficult task.
James Cole nearly held Andrew Jordon off from the start, but the determined BMW driver was able to get by into first place. Further battling would eventually leave James Cole finishing fifth, far from the hoped podium but still his best finish of the season.
There was further upset for the Subarus when Ash Sutton was taken off the track by Rob Austin. Close watching of the incident shows that Rob Austin was hit from behind by Mike Epps in the first lap scrum and had no control over of the incident. Rob Austin was later said to have been furious about being taken off after already suffering from a bad weekend and hoping to gain some much needed points towards the Independents Championship.
After another lap Stewart Lines found himself on the side lines, rounding out a terrible return to the BTCC for the Maximum Motorsport team owner.
After pushing his way through the pack in his characteristically robust style, Matt Neal made an unusual error, a wheel on the grass making him lose control. He speared off the circuit and into the barrier, ending his weekend on a low after such a promising start.
Rob Collard made the same mistake that Rob Austin did at the beginning of the year, overtaking under a waved yellow flag, but giving the place to back to Gordon Shedden a few turns later saved him from being penalised.
Andrew Jordon had a strong lead and appeared to have 1st place secure when his car abruptly slowed in the penultimate lap, ending his hopes of a podium and sliding him further down in the overall standings.
Gordon Shedden’s sudden lead was aided by team mates Rob Collard and Colin Turkington battling for second and giving him space to breathe.
The final result was Gordon Shedden, followed by Rob Collard and Colin Turkington, meaning last year’s champion only has a 3 point lead going into the next race weekend at his home circuit, Knockhill.
New driver Brett Smith, racing in his father’s Eurotech Honda, was able to end his maiden weekend on a high with a 14th place finish securing him 2 points.