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MG dominates the field in BTCC race one at Oulton Park

Sunday, June 09 2013

Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff converted their front row starting positions into a 1-2 finish in the opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Oulton Park today (Sunday). Gordon Shedden was the highest placed Civic in third place.

Shedden made a great start and attempted to split the MGs at Old Hall, but Tordoff was wise to his move and managed to hold the Honda back at Cascades too. Once the initial attack subsided, the leading pair began to lap a car's length clear of the reigning champion.

In fourth place, Dave Newsham was proving to be a bugbear for Andrew Jordan, Colin Turkington and Matt Neal. Meanwhile behind Mat Jackson, Tom Onslow-Cole was attempting to defend from Adam Morgan, Rob Collard and a soft-tyred Dan Welch.

Jordan was the first to have a go, passing Newsham at Lodge on lap seven but not before showing signs of mechanical trouble. Indeed, Newsham endured a sideways moment at the hairpin next time around and Turkington too this as an invitation to pass further round the lap at Lodge. Neal was next to demote the Speedworks Toyota as Mat Jackson lined up a move that was executed at Old Hall.

Further back, Onslow-Cole was driving a very wide Passat in his attempts to keep Collard and Morgan at bay. However the BMW drew alongside on the run to Druids and when Onslow-Cole got two wheels on the grass on entry, a spin was almost inevitable. Morgan used the opportunity to take places from both, whilst ahead of Newsham, Jackson and Neal disputed sixth place, which the triple champion just managed to win.

A late battle saw Morgan, Collard and Jeff Smith dispute the final places in the top ten, which was settled in this order, despite their best efforts. Meanwhile further up the road Jordan managed to keep the Pirtek Civic in working order and took the flag behind the MGs of Plato and Tordoff, plus Shedden's works Honda.

Early casualties in the race included Frank Wrathall, who parked his Toyota on the approach to Knickerbrook before completing a slow lap to the pitlane, where he found Warren Scott also in trouble. Also suffering was Ollie Jackson, who was forced to start from the pitlane.

In the Jack Sears Trophy, Liam Griffin headed Lea Wood by just a tenth after 15 laps, however he picked up a one second penalty after the race, so Wood took the class win.

Race two will take place at 14:34 today.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Race One
1, Jason Plato, MG KX Momentum Racing, MG6, 15 Laps
2, Sam Tordoff, MG KX Momentum Racing, MG6, +1.107s
3, Gordon Shedden, Honda Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic, +3.167s
4, Andrew Jordan, Pirtek Racing, Honda Civic, +4.104s
5, Colin Turkington, eBay Motors, BMW 125i M Sport, +4.563s
6, Matt Neal, Honda Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic, +10.946s
7, Mat Jackson, Airwaves, Ford Focus, +11.551s
8, Dave Newsham, Speedworks Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, +15.381s
9, Adam Morgan, Ciceley Racing, Toyota Avensis, +23.909s
10, Rob Collard, eBay Motors, BMW 125i M Sport, +23.942s

Raceday tickets for Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park on 8/9 June are available for £31, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.