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Race 1 - Notes

Mondello Park - Race 1 Notes
- Grid lines up as per qualifying for 14 lap race.
- Weather: Cool and cloudy but dry.
- First pole position of year for maximum ballast Muller.
- Muller gets better start than Reid to lead in to first corner.
- Slow start for Shaun Watson-Smith from seventh on the grid.
- Race order: Muller, Reid, Turkington, Thompson, Plato, Hines, Huff.
- Stefan Hodgetts run wide on to grass at start of start/finish straight.
- Lap two: Richard Marsh spins.
- Anthony Reid Pressuring Muller.
- Lap three: The 42kg of ballast on Muller’s Astra seems to be showing. Reid and Turkington close on his tail.
- Lap four: Matt Neal and Jason Plato run side by side around first corner. Neal takes fifth position.
- Gavin Smith pits with engine worries. Retirement for the debutant.
- Lap five: Neal closes on Thompson.
- Lap six: Matt Neal passes Thompson at Honda bend.
- Thompson gets sideways after clipping kerb but recovers well.
- Lap seven: Rob Huff and Tom Chilton close together.
- Shaun Watson-Smith currently running tenth and on course for pole position for race two.
- Reid close on tail of leader Muller.
- Lap eight: Reid just 0.335secs behind Muller.
- Lap nine: Muller defends superbly as Reid attempts to pass around going in to turn one.
- Dan Eaves challenging Watson-Smith for tenth.
- Reid virtually ‘pushes’ Muller around final corner, but unable find a way past. Minor rear bodywork damage for Muller.
- Lap ten: Reid tries inside line at Lola, but Muller defends once more.
- Turkington and Neal close on leading pair.
- Lap eleven: Reid sits off Muller slightly this time through the first corner.
- Neal closer than ever to Turkington in battle for third.
- Race order: Muller, Reid, Turkington, Neal, Thompson, Hines, Chilton, Huff, Plato, Watson-Smith.
- Plato dropping back through field, possibly with grid for race two in mind.
- Lap twelve: Leading duo pull away once more. Reid seems to be dropping back.
- Lap thirteen: Reid closes back up on Muller.
- Dan Eaves in to gravel. Retirement from 11th.
- Michael Bentwood passes Watson-Smith to take 10th and provisionally hold pole position for race two.
- Last lap: Reid tails Muller all around the lap, but unable to pass.
- Entering the start/finish straight , Yvan Muller switches his lights on and swerves towards his team on the pitwall before taking the chequered flag on a lights to flag victory – his fourth win of the year.
- Turkington and Neal finish third and fourth respectively.
- Michael Bentwood finishes tenth and takes pole position for round 14.
- Provisional result: Muller, Reid, Turkington, Neal, Thompson, Hines, Chilton, Hines, Plato, Bentwood.

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