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Plato shines at Knockhill

Jason Plato claimed his Chevrolet Lacetti was 'arguably the best racing car I have ever raced' after a stunning performance in the final HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Knockhill.

Plato had emerged as the man to beat during Saturday at the Scottish circuit, pacing the second free practice session before putting his Racing Silverline car on pole position for the first race of the weekend.

The 2001 title winner duly converted that pole into his second win of the season with a lights-to-flag victory – giving him a seventh win at the picturesque circuit overlooking the Firth of Forth.

Plato's hopes of adding to that tally came to a premature end in race two however, when he was forced to pit with an electrical fault at the end of the green flag lap. Although he did make it onto the circuit, his car then ground to halt on the run to Carlube, leaving Plato to watch on from the sidelines and at the back of the grid for race three.

Despite that, Plato produced arguably one of the best BTCC drives in recent seasons – akin to the one enjoyed by Silverline team-mate Mat Jackson at Croft last season.

From plum last on the grid, Plato was able to scythe his way through the field to get up to eighth by the 16th lap, but as the laps counted down, so the Chevrolet man stormed through the pack to take second behind Jackson and give Racing Silverline its first 1-2 finish.

“It's been a bit of a frustrating day for us with the second race but I had a fantastic car,” he said. “We've come a long way since the start and with only one test mid season.

“I really understand the car now and what makes it tick. No exaggeration at all, this car now, I am at a stage with it where I am completely at one with it. It's a bit like putting on a glove.

“You can only drive a race like that with a brilliant car and arguably, this is the best racing car I have ever raced.”



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Matt Auger

August 17, 2009 5:03 PM

Plato drove a blinder in Race 3, that Lacetti is almost the PERFECT touring car - and JP is getting the maximum out of it. Watch it fly at Silverstone and Brands Hatch GP... Plato for Champ 2010?



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