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Honda hand Plato victory
5 June 2011
Jason Plato took the most unexpected of victories in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Oulton Park after Honda pair Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden collided on the final lap.
Shedden had led throughout and had built a lead of more than nine seconds before a late Safety Car period – the second of the race – allowed the field to close in.
Once the Chevrolet of John George had been removed from the gravel at Lodge, the race resumed as a three-lap blast to the flag and on the penultimate lap, Neal tagged Shedden at Island having locked up in the wet conditions.
What no-one would have expected however was for Neal, who had battled his way through the field and recovered from a mid-race excursion onto the grass, to then try a move up the inside of Shedden into the final corner only for the pair to collide – both going off into the gravel and handing victory to Plato, who had run in the top three throughout.
Rob Collard, with wet tyres all round on his BMW, fought up the order as conditions worsened and took second from James Nash on the run out of Lodge, with the Vauxhall man settling for third. Andrew Jordan was fourth ahead of Alex MacDowall, while Shedden managed to get out of the gravel to take the flag in sixth.
Paul O'Neill was seventh while the top ten was completed by Nick Foster, Mat Jackson and Tom Chilton.
Elsewhere, Rob Austin was a fine twelfth in his Audi while both Tom Boardman and Jeff Smith took part in the race despite their accident in race one. While Boardman was running at the finish, albeit three laps down, Smith got as a far as Cascades on the opening lap before spinning into the gravel.