Jason Plato secured his second win at Knockhill with victory in race two of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship's annual trip to Scotland.
From pole position, Plato made a clean start to lead the field into SEAT Curves for the first time, with Fabrizio Giovanardi
and Tom Onslow-Cole
slotting into second and third for Vauxhall as the top three from race one quickly established themselves at the front of the pack. A typical strong start from Mat Jackson's BMW allowed him to jump to fourth off the line ahead of Gordon Shedden
and Colin Turkington.
Unlike the opening race of the day, race two proved to be a much calmer affair, with the main action in the early laps seeing Steven Kane
slip down the field after running wide through Scotsman and Darren Turner
and Matt Neal
make up places following their issues in race one. Turner in particular was making the most of the prowess of the diesel engine to climb up to twelfth place by the end of the second lap.
Within another two laps, Turner was into the top ten after battling his way past Mike Jordan
while out front, his SEAT team-mate Plato was doing well to hold off the challenge of Giovanardi; the Italian doing his best to try and find a way past into the lead but finding that Plato wasn't keen to give up his advantage.
There was a change for position on lap six when Jackson, who had produced a solid drive until that point, ran wide out of Carlube corner and lost enough momentum to allow Shedden to get alongside on the run to the Hairpin. Initially looking round the outside, Shedden then cut back to the inside and slid past the BMW into fourth.
The field was beginning to split into groups, with Plato and Giovanardi together out front ahead of a lonely Onslow-Cole in third, with Shedden and Jackson behind in fourth and fifth. Turkington was still sixth but coming under pressure from Rob Collard, while Andy Jordan, Turner and Adam Jones
completed the top ten.
Turner took eighth place on the run to SEAT Curve on lap twelve and then went ahead of Collard on the run over the start/finish line a lap later. Turner then set about trying to catch Turkington and although he caught the RAC man, his hard work was undone somewhat when he was forced wide onto the gravel exiting the hairpin on the penultimate lap and lost out to Collard – who in turn was then able to get ahead of Turkington into the top six.
Out front however, Plato wasn't to be headed as he secured victory ahead of Giovanardi and Onslow-Cole – repeating the podium from race one – with Shedden taking fourth ahead of Jackson. Collard completed the top six from Turkington and Turner, while Andy Jordan and Matt Neal
completed the top ten; Neal breaking into the points in the latter stages of the race at the expense of Adam Jones, who also slipped behind Tom Chilton
before the finish.
Only two drivers failed to see the finish, with Michael Doyle
and Jason Hughes
both forced into retirement.
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