/late Well that was a bit of an eventful race day wasn't it? Like you say Mells, that first race was quite full of the old tyre going *pop* on a number of cars it seemed. Kind of hard not to see that happen with the temp of the day and the jagged kerbs that Thruxton has though. Just those two enough would probably put in the possibility of a puncture but then you factor in the sheer speed these cars doing and the load on the rubber and something has to give. Could have been lessened with the drivers taking it easier but then we wouldn't get the all-out battling we saw in most of the races. Bit of a shame too that the races were shortened -- though I understand why -- as the Hondas and BMWs do look after their tyres well with the latter coming on strong in the latter end of the races. Neal was a right halfwit trying to turn into the pits when he would have known that train was behind him, however you can understand why he would do it as the entrance was right there. Following on from this I was shocked and glad to see nobody collected Shedden as it would have been so easy for a car to go down that side, and because of the smoke not realise a car was there and collide with it hard. The support races were also fantastic, the Clios as always were good to watch and seeing them heading three-wide at the fastest parts of the circuit with barely any room between them and the slightest contact resulting in disaster was just as thrilling as any BTCC race. In fact for me personally the insane Ginetta Juniors were the most exciting race of the day, those kids have some real grit between their teeth and despite their ages have some incredible race craft and respect while fighting for positions. I think you can already see some future BTCC and maybe F1 names in amongst that lot. Was good to see Aiden Moffat in the other A-Class doing well until his race was unfortunately cut short and the Jordan/Jackson in-battle continues strong and so does the Focus. Was impressed and finally happy to see the other teams such as Eurotech and Power Max getting into the mix of things too. If these teams could get some better more accomplished drivers I think we would see racing on par of that of the 90s and that's a really tantalising prospect! Shame it's a whole month before the next round at Oulton Park but if it it's anything like Thruxton was then the wait will be worth it.