Silverstone Circuit: Plato edges Jordan in thriller

MG's Jason Plato claims his second victory of the day after nail biting three-car battle.
MG's Jason Plato has claimed his 80th career BTCC victory after a coming out on top of a thrilling three-car battle for the win at Silverstone.

Plato immediately had to roll his sleeves up as the 888 Engineering man was forced to fend off the fast starting BMW of Colin Turkington.

The safety car, caused by the collision of Rob Austin and Frank Wrathall, once again worked against the favour of the MG's allowing the field to close up once more.

As Plato led Jordan and Aron Smith both on the soft began to scythe their way through the field, demoting Sam Tordoff and Turkington out of podium contention.

The race finally came to a head when Jordan, after relentlessly closing the gap to Plato, took the lead in Brooklands, only for the MG to undercut the Pirtek Honda as they arrived back at Copse corner.

Plato was able to hang on by slimmest of margins as the pair, with Smith glued behind, traded paintwork on a number of occasions.

Tordoff was best of the rest in fourth with the powerless Turkington falling to fifth.

Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden finished sixth and seventh for Yuasa Honda, both picking up what could be vital championship points ahead of Speedworks Dave Newsham in eighth.

Dan Welch also opted for the soft tyre, and the decision paid off with a top nine finish, a brave result as the Proton man races this weekend with a fractured coccyx.

Mat Jackson rounded out the top ten in his Airwaves Focus in tenth.

Lee Wood once again took the S2000 honours in 16th position two places ahead of Liam Griffin in 18th.

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Andrew Jordan, WSR Pirtek BMW [Credit:Jakob Ebrey]
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September 30, 2013 9:16 AM

There is rubbing and contact but that thing is a tank and hitting the civic or one series is pretty much enough to punt them off. Also the damage caused to Jordan's car and the footage suggests more than a gentle rub. Others do it but Plato's moves appear more cynical. He could have ruined Jordan's championship hopes.


October 03, 2013 10:51 AM

@JP I did a similar windup on MCN once pretending to be Richard Hammond from Top Gear....was much more effective. Just noticed your previous posting to another user "Master whitew: oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Do yourself and all the non deluded biased BTCC fans a favour..... Listen to yourself! Seek some help. Best of luck .. JP (My apology for responding rather harshly to your post but, as I have always said, the downside of the internet is the phenomenal ability for its users to fabricate and/or spread utter hogwash with staggering speed and under the cloak of anonymity.) Great quote eh, and true " IF you were really posting here you'd have a blog and a special place beside Kaie Walker whinging that you need more power because these nasty Honda's beat you again....and off course My Gow always seems to bend over for your requests.

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