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Jordan on top as Plato rolls
17 April 2011
Andrew Jordan took his first win of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season in a dramatic second race of the weekend at Donington Park.
Jordan led from the start of the race to leads a Vauxhall 1-2, with the Pirtek Racing car taking the chequered flag ahead of the similar Triple Eight car of James Nash. Race one winner Matt Neal rounded out the podium after getting bogged down off the line.
The race however saw a huge accident for defending champion Jason Plato who rolled at the Craner Curves on the opening lap following contact from the Ford of Liam Griffin. Griffin was tipped sideways by the Honda of Gordon Shedden – which had dropped to the back of the field after he was excluded from race one for a technical infringement – and then hit the side of Plato, sending him across the grass into a banking where his car then rolled a number of times.
Plato climbed from the wrecked car uninjured.
Tom Chilton was fourth for Team Aon ahead of the BMW of Rob Collard and Shedden's Honda, although Chilton could find himself in trouble with the stewards after he hit the Ford of Mat Jackson into the gravel mid-way through the race at McLeans.
Tom Onslow-Cole was seventh to score the first points for the AmD Milltek Racing VW Golf with Tony Gilham, Alex MacDowall and a recovering Jackson completing the scorers.
Elsewhere, Nick Foster was lucky not to also roll after going off at the Craner Curves in his WSR BMW, while Paul O'Neill's race ended in the gravel at the Old Hairpin after he went off mid-way through the race.