Boardman bags top ten finish at Croft

Tom Boardman and Dave Newsham at Croft.''Please credit Pete Mainey PSM Motorsport Images where used.

Tom Boardman and Dave Newsham at Croft.''Please credit Pete Mainey PSM Motorsport Images where used.

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IT WAS a difficult weekend for Lancastrian Tom Boardman and the Special Tuning Racing team, but he still recorded a top ten finish in the fifth round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire.

With varying track conditions, Tom’s decision to start the first race on full wets following an earlier downpour, immediately paid off with a gain of four places over the first lap and a further place on the second.

An impressive 15-lap contest developed between Tom and Cumbrian driver Alex MacDowall, with great bumper-to-bumper action as Tom held the Chevrolet Cruze at bay.

Even when the safety car was deployed on lap eight, the pair raced right up to the line.

With the safety car closing the gap, Tom got a good get-away at the restart.

But with more dry-lines appearing on the circuit, he was unable to make further progress on the wet tyres and was then passed by the Ford Focus of Mat Jackson, tearing through the field.

Then on lap 16 MacDowall, still competing with Tom for eighth, shunted the back of the SEAT, sending the Cruze careering off into the grass.

See the Lancaster Guardian (23-06-11) for full story.