Allison claims best Touring Car finish

Matthew Allison's superb start to his British Touring Car career continued at Rockingham Speedway with the Norwich racer securing a best ever result of seventh place.

Matthew Allison's superb start to his British Touring Car career continued at Rockingham Speedway with the Norwich racer securing a best ever result of seventh place.

Racing against some of the best touring car racers in the world Allison, the reigning British GT Cup Champion, continued his improvement with three race finishes, which leaves him just five points off second place in the race for the Independent crown.

“It's been a pretty good weekend - we are moving in the right direction,” reflected Allison.

“I've had two good points positions , especially race two, which was my best finish so far. I've had a good result in the Independents' Championship and it has sneaked us up a bit in the Main Championship.

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“It's tough. The BTCC isn't the best championship in the country by chance, there are nine drivers who have won races. If we keep improving I should be on the podium before the end of the year,” said The Money Centre supported racer.

Qualifying around the Corby track's banking saw Allison start the opening race in 11th place, which is where the Norwich racer finished.

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Race two proved to be Allison's best yet. A good start saw him in sixth place, trading places with works Seat racer Darren Turner, a battle he narrowly lost out in, but he picked up third place points in the Independent section.

Drawn to start the third race from fourth on the grid, Allison was again running strongly until a safety car bunched up the field and he got forced back down the race order to finish back in ninth place, taking third place in the Independent section once more.

Carl Breeze left Rockingham battered and bruised after a rough pair of races in the Seat Cupra Championship.

The King's Lynn racer qualified for pole position for the opening event, followed by third place for race two after limited laps to save his tyres.

As the starting lights flashed green the launch control malfunctioned once again, leaving the local racer down in fourth place into the opening corners where he was punted into a spin.

The resultant accident broke his steering rack and inflicted heavy bodywork damage.

“It was really frustrating to have been spun out. I was then moving into third place so I was confident I could have regained first place,” said Breeze afterwards.

Breeze's ill luck returned to haunt him once more in race two. Running comfortably in third place, in his hastily repaired Bluechip supported car, Breeze was punted out of the position by his team mate.

He resumed to drag the badly damaged car home for seventh place.

Wisbech's Liam McMillan continued learning his craft just 10 days after passing his driving test. The 17-year-old finished the opening race, his first at Rockingham, in 10th place, improving by a position in race two.

Dereham racer Daniel Eagling won the race for local honours in the Renault Clio Cup race at the Corby track, narrowly beating Norwich's James Williams to the finishing line to take tenth place.

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