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Plato overcomes Turkington challenge to take second win

Sunday, August 03 2014

Jason Plato took another victory in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Snetterton today (Sunday), but he was made to work for the win after rival Colin Turkington led the opening laps.

This time Turkington got the better of Plato at the start and led into Riches, where Alain Menu was bundled out of the race. Plato hassled the BMW around the opening lap, but had to postpone his attack when the safety car was called into action. A good start had seen Andrew Jordan move up to tenth place as the field awaited the restart. Ahead of Jordan were Rob Collard, Aron Smith - delayed after being involved with the first corner tangle - Fabrizio Giovanardi, Mat Jackson, Gordon Shedden, Adam Morgan, Matt Neal and the two leaders.

Turkington was unable to shake free of Plato at the restart, but Neal misread the situation and was forced to defend from Morgan. Meanwhile Jordan passed Jack Goff and just as he attacked Rob Collard, the three entered Brundle corner together. In the inevitable contact, the champion lost out, dropping down to 22nd place.

A brave move from Shedden on Morgan at the same corner on the following lap promoted him to fourth behind his team mate. There was plenty of action behind as the two Airwaves cars and Smith lined up to attack the WIX Racing Mercedes.

Up front, Plato piled on the pressure as Turkington attempted to control the race. The MG looked ever more aggressive in the turns and Plato made his move into the lead at Montreal on lap nine. Also switching places on the same lap were the works Hondas, and whilst Neal had pledged to support his team mate, it was clear that the Scotsman was on a charge to catch the leaders.

Mirroring Plato's surge in pace were the other MGs of Sam Tordoff, up to tenth from the back, and Marc Hynes, in ninth, as they chased Smith. The Irishman was attacking Giovanardi's Focus for seventh place, and the battle was starting to get physical.

In the closing laps, Turkington came back to ensure that Plato's run to the line would not be an easy task. The Englishman had to drive a wide MG to fend off the attack, and with a couple of laps remaining, pulled out enough of a gap to assure himself of the win.

Behind the works Hondas of Shedden and Neal, Morgan held fourth place from the two Airwaves Focuses, whilst Smith, Tordoff and Hynes completed the top ten. Andrew Jordan managed to score a point for 15th place, but after the race was declared unfit to compete in the final contest of the day.

Race three will take place at 16:57 and Aron Smith will start from pole position.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race two
1, Jason Plato, MG, MG6, 12 Laps
2, Colin Turkington, eBay Motors, BMW 125i, +1.165s
3, Gordon Shedden, Honda Racing, Honda Civic, +6.506s
4, Matt Neal, Honda Racing, Honda Civic, +8.072s
5, Adam Morgan, WIX Racing, Mercedes A-Class, +9.353s
6, Mat Jackson, Airwaves Racing, Ford Focus, +11.109s
7, Fabrizio Giovanardi, Airwaves Racing, Ford Focus, +11.977s
8, Aron Smith, Team BMR, VW Passat, +14.334s
9, Sam Tordoff, MG, MG6, +18.072s
10, Marc Hynes, Quantel Bifold Racing, MG6, +20.556s

Click here to download the full result.

The next major event a Snetterton is the Truck Superprix on 13/14 September. Tickets are available from £18, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.