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Plato closes in on lead

Jason Plato wins race three at Silverstone to close on Gordon Shedden in the standings
Jason Plato produced a stunning drive to come from 20th on the grid to win the final Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Silverstone.

The MG driver worked his way through the field to take the lead from Nick Foster's BMW shortly after half-way and was then never headed as he romped to a victory that means he is now just 15 points away from the championship lead.

Mat Jackson followed Plato home after another impressive performance from Redstone Racing's NGTC Ford Focus saw him work his way forward from tenth, while Rob Collard was third as he closed the gap to Andy Jordan in the independents title race.

Collard was followed home by Foster who led the first eleven laps but was shuffled off the podium late on, with the third eBay Motors BMW of Tom Onslow-Cole and points leader Gordon Shedden completing the top six.

Jordan was seventh to retain the slimmest of slim chances when it comes to the overall title while Adam Morganas eighth for his best result to date. Rob Austin and Aron Smith rounded out the top ten, Austin having clashed with Dan Welch's Proton on two occasions during the race.

For Matt Neal however, a disastrous weekend ended with a third retirement of the weekend caused by contact with Lea Wood on the exit of Luffield – meaning he failed to score in any of the three races.




Tagged as: Silverstone , Jason Plato

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Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Momentum Racing MG6 GT
RPJ Band with James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Marc Hynes (GBR) Quantel Bifold Racing MG6 GT and Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
RPJ Band with James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Marc Hynes (GBR) Quantel Bifold Racing MG6 GT and Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis with James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Marc Hynes (GBR) Quantel Bifold Racing MG6 GT and Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis with James Cole (GBR) United Autosports Toyota Avensis, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Marc Hynes (GBR) Quantel Bifold Racing MG6 GT and Gordon Shedden (GBR) Honda Yuasa Racing Team Honda Civic Tourer
BTCC Podium, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport and Sam Tordoff (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT
BTCC Podium, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport and Sam Tordoff (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT
BTCC Podium, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport and Sam Tordoff (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT
BTCC Podium, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport and Sam Tordoff (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT
BTCC Podium, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport and Sam Tordoff (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT
BTCC Podium, Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT, Colin Turkington (GBR) eBay Motors BMW 125i M Sport and Sam Tordoff (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT
Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT
Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT
Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT
Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT
Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT
Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT
Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT

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Jenny - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 12:24 AM

This is getting silly. I have followed BTCC for more than 15 years and I have never seen such a staged result. Honda's weren't even able to race today due to another boost reduction. Yes, Matt Neal had problems but Gordons car just wasn't competative. Cringeworthy to watch a series I love going down the tubes due to silly rules. Jason Plato's comments on a certain website are just downright arrogant. Attacks Honda's and Steve Neal. Whatever happened to the phrase "Win with humility, lose with grace" Mr Plato seems to be unable to do either. Yes I am a Shedden fan but most of all I am a (very disillusioned) BTCC fan.



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