It all started in qualifying with Tom Onslow-Cole getting 6th place on the grid for race 1, the best qualifying the AMD Milltek racing team have ever had and a real boost for theteam to boot. Jason Plato, Matt Jackson and Tom Boardman qualified in 5th, 8th and 9th respectively.
With race 1 about to start it was going to be interesting to see who would make the first move on the Honda’s. First corner though and it was clear the Honda on Sheddon wasn’t going to be caught, the real racing was going on further back in the field. A battle between Boardman, Jackson and Onslow-Cole had broken out further back making for some exciting racing. Jackson seemed all over the SEAT of Boardman but he was determined not to give up his place and defended well to the finish line. Another Pipercross car wasn’t so lucky though, Plato in his RML Silverline Chevrolet fell foul to a suspected puncture after some great driving trying to get past Tom Chilton’s Focus. Finally it was Matt Jackson who took the fastest lap in his Airwaves Focus for the extra point.
Race 2 and a manifold issue that had arisen from race 1 on the AMD Golf meant they didn’t make the grid, a real shame after the great driving and work from the team in race 1. Once again the two Hondas were on pole for the start of the race where they would once again finish, despite Jordon finishing in 2nd he was later demoted to 3rd after a complaint that he had all four wheels off the track through the chicane. There was once again some great driving from the Pipercross cars, at one point Tom Boardman could have been mistaken for driving in the BDC with a huge drift on Church which he kept in perfect control. Jackson put in another solid drive to take 5th with MacDowall, Plato and Boardman in 7th, 8th and 9th.
Race 3 and it was a reverse grid which saw Boardman and his SEAT on Pole on position, lurking behind though were Plato, Jackson and Nash all eager to take the position from him. It was Plato who got the start though and shot into 1st position closely followed by a blur of red and yellow in the shape of the Airwaves racing Focus piloted by Matt Jackson straight into 2nd place, Boardman would take 3rd place and the race was on. Plato had got off to a flyer and Jackson was closing him down but couldn’t quite make the place up, Boardman was under constant fire from the Vectra of Nash and after Chilton Crashed out defending his place from Jordon the safety car was deployed. On the restart though the top 3 drivers held their cool and kept their places all the way to the finish, Plato taking yet another win and Jackson a familiar face to the podium this season but it was all eyes on Tom Boardman who takes his first podium for the Special Tuning Racing outfit a great result well deserved after some tough racing.
The teams now have a 5 week break before heading to Oulton Park for the 4th round of the BTCC. With Jackson and the Airwaves racing team in 1st position in the independants team and driver and 2nd place in the overall drivers standings this team will be fighting for more. Now we’ve also seen the true potential of the SEAT and Golf this weekend they won’t want to be left behind either.