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Plato adds second Oulton Park BTCC win to head champions' podium

Sunday, June 09 2013

Jason Plato has taken a second victory in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Oulton Park today (Sunday). The MG driver led comfortably from reigning champion Gordon Sheddn, whilst Colin Turkington powered the eBay Motors BMW 1-Series to the podium.

The MG team hedged their bets on tyre choice for race two, with Sam Tordoff taking the softer of the two available, whereas poleman Plato stayed on the 'prime' compound. Despite this, Tordoff made a tardy getaway, and had to defend from Turkington, who made a storming start in the rear-wheel-drive BMW. Nevertheless, the MG stayed ahead into Old Hall and Cascades, but it was clear that the Leeds-based driver was struggling to stay ahead.

Behind there was chaos for the other two eBay drivers as Nick Foster tapped Rob Collard into a spin at the hairpin on lap two. The latter pitted at the end of his tour of the circuit, and was joined by Jack Goff, whose Insignia was smoldering away in the sun. This resulted in a safety car period, and a contentious overtake by Gordon Shedden on Turkington as the field headed towards the line.

The race resumed quickly, and a decisive dive into Old Hall by Shedden on lap eight was rewarded with second place. The Hondas seemed as strong in this phase of the race, and Matt Neal worked on the BMW of Turkington, wary of the threat posed by Andrew Jordan and Mat Jackson behind. However once the tyres on the 1-Series were back up to temperature, Turkington was back on the MG's tail and ready to attempt a pass. It took a couple of laps and a few feinted moves, but the former champion was through at Old Hall on lap 14.

Neal was next to attack and was through on the run into Knickerbrook, whilst Jordan and Jackson disputed their right to have a go at the MG. Jordan made it next time around and when Jackson had a go at the hairpin, the pair collided. This left both cars wounded and primarily benefited Dave Newsham, Adam Morgan and Rob Austin.

The final laps were completed without drama and Plato completed the distance untroubled by the Honda of Shedden, whilst Turkington finished a couple of seconds ahead of Civic pairing Neal and Jordan.

Lea Wood took a second Jack Sears Trophy class victory ahead of Liam Griffin, meanwhile tenth place was drawn for the race three reverse grid, giving Jeff Smith pole position. The final BTCC race of the day will take place at 17:16 today.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship Race Two
1, Jason Plato, MG KX Momentum Racing, MG6, 17 Laps
2, Gordon Shedden, Honda Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic, +2.691s
3, Colin Turkington, eBay Motors, BMW 125i M Sport, +3.285s
4, Matt Neal, Honda Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic, +5.591s
5, Andrew Jordan, Pirtek Racing, Honda Civic, +9.354s
6, Dave Newsham, Speedworks Motorsport, Toyota Avensis, +10.326s
7, Adam Morgan, Ciceley Racing, Toyota Avensis, +10.849s
8, Rob Austin, Wix Racing, Audi A4, +13.396s
9, Dan Welch, Welch Motorsport, Proton Gen-2, +16.078s
10, Jeff Smith, Pirtek Racing, Honda Civic, +16.270s

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.