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Plato doubles up at Brands Hatch
3 April 2011
Jason Plato made it two Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship wins in a row at Brands Hatch with victory in the second race of the weekend at Brands Hatch.
As was the case in race one, the Chevrolet driver led from start-to-finish to secure a comfortable win, with his run to the flag aided by the battle that developed behind over second place following a first lap Safety Car period caused by Tom Boardman spearing into the VW of Tom Onslow-Cole at Paddock Hill Bend.
Mat Jackson had run second for much of the race behind Plato and looked like challenging for the lead until he came under pressure from the Honda of Gordon Shedden, with the Scot having made up more places as he recovered from being forced to start race one from the back of the field.
Shedden eventually took the place on lap 23 when Jackson was briefly delayed by a spinning Tony Hughes ahead putting the Honda man onto the second step of the podium and leaving Jackson with third.
James Nash followed up his earlier podium with a strong drive to fourth place with Paul O'Neill's Chevrolet in fifth and Andrew Jordan sixth after an impressive run through the field after his race one puncture.
Matt Neal took seventh ahead of Tom Chilton, who lost out at the start when his car bogged down off the line, while Rob Collard and Tony Gilham rounded out the top ten.
Dave Newsham was eleventh having run well inside the points for much of the race with Andy Neate twelfth and Alex MacDowall in 13th having been handed a drive-through penalty for jumping the start.
Nick Foster, John George, Jeff Smith, Chris James and Liam Griffin completed the finishers.
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