Frustrating Matt finish

Matt Allison had hoped to finish off his first season in the British Touring Car Championship with a flourish but instead it frustratingly tailed off with three non-finishers.

Matt Allison had hoped to finish off his first season in the British Touring Car Championship with a flourish but instead it frustratingly tailed off with three non-finishers.

Teamed in the Motorbase Performance team for the final meeting in the series with Paul O'Neil, brother of Spice Girl Mel C, the Norwich racer was out to impress having proved to be a top five runner at the Thruxton circuit earlier in the season.

Sadly the local racer failed in three attempts to see the chequered flag to finish the season in 12th place in the Drivers' Championship and sixth in the Independents' series.

"I didn't finish the first race which straight away makes the second one more difficult," explained the Money Centre supported racer.

"Then I got caught up with Tom Chilton, who hit me hard and that was the end of race two.

"The boys put the car back together again for race three and then a driveshaft broke with four or five laps to go. Having started 24th, I think we were running 12th.

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"It's frustrating and everyone's gutted, but it happens and it's one of those things. It's been a hard year, but I've enjoyed it and I hope to be back next season."

Carl Breeze also left the Thruxton Circuit frustrated having missed out on second place in the Seat Cupra Championship by the narrowest margin possible, just half a point shy of rival Fulvio Mussi.

It had looked good for the King's Lynn racer as he claimed pole position for the opening round, but on the second lap of the opening race he trailed into the pits with electrical gremlins.

Mussi now had the advantage heading into race two, but the local racer produced a strong drive to finish in second place although Mussi's fourth place denied Breeze the runner-up position and an additional £15,000 in prize money.

Wisbech's Liam McMillan drew his first senior season to a close by being placed 12th in the Seat Cupra Championship.

Running in seventh place in the opening race, the young racer slipped up and fell to the back of the field to finish up in 16th place. However McMillan fought back in the second race to claim ninth place.

Norwich' James Williams has had a difficult season in the Renault Clio Cup and started the opening race from a lowly 27th on the Thruxton grid.

The local racer kept his cool and fought his way up the race order on the opening lap to be classified in ninth place, his best place of the season.

Progress was slower in race two but Williams continually made up places to final grab 17th place by passing three cars on the final lap and finish in 19th place in the championship out of 50 runners.

Dereham's Dan Eagling did not take part in the final races, having sold his Clio, but still finished in 16th place.