IT WAS to be a disappointing day for Tom Boardman and the Special Tuning Racing Team, as Tom would only see the chequered flag once, but all the signs were there for a promising season in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for the Forton-based driver.
Tom began the weekend with a convincing showing in qualifying, just 0.542s off pole.
With qualifying times so tight at the top he would still have to start the race from eighth.
Immediately there was drama when pole-sitter Matt Neal was spun off into the gravel, bringing out the safety car.
On the re-start Tom pounced on Andrew Jordan of Pirtek Racing seizing sixth place round Graham Hill Bend.
Straight away he was up behind the Chevrolet of Alex MacDowall.
Tom pushed him hard with the pair rubbing door handles down the start/finish line on lap seven, much to the crowd’s delight.
As the skirmish continued Jordan closed the gap on the pair, and on lap 13 he got the better of Tom at Clearways.
Tom regained the spot just seven laps later when Jordan suffered a puncture.
See Lancaster Guardian (08-04-11) for full story.