Donington Park: Plato wins opening Donington BTCC race

Jason Plato records his first BTCC victory of the year at Donington Park.
Jason Plato led Sam Tordoff in a dominant MG one-two during an interchangeable first BTCC race at Donington Park.

Plato led the race from start to finish but was always closely followed by the equally as fast second MG driven by the youngster Tordoff.

The former double-champions victory means the MG man closes to within two-points of reigning champion Andrew Jordan.

Tyre conservation was the buzz word of the race with the entire field opting to use the wet Dunlop tyre on the ever drying circuit.

The MG's managed to preserve their tyres the best with the Triple Eight pairing finishing half-a-dozen seconds up the road ahead of championship leader Jordan.

Jordan recovered to take an important podium from seventh on the grid, his Pirtek Civic excelling in the damp conditions.

The Pirtek man easily dispatched the BMW of Colin Turkington and Honda of Gordon Shedden into Redgate as the pair both struggled with tyre life.

Rob Collard also took advantage of the situation to brilliantly follow Jordon across the line in fourth from 13th on the grid.

Turkington and Shedden crossed the finish line nose-to-tail in fifth and sixth positions.

Airwaves Racing's Fabrizio Giovanardi elevated his Ford Focus up into seventh position, the BTCC legend clearly enjoying a better balance on the wet-dry circuit.

Matt Neal's Civic Tourer failed to make any meaningful progress in eighth with Aron Smith also enduring a difficult opening race in ninth.

BTCC rookie Tom Ingram held on for another top-ten result in his debut year after successfully keeping the hard charging duo of Marc Hynes and Dave Newsham at bay.

Alain Menu couldn't replicate his promising practice and qualifying pace to finish 13th.

Rob Austin was the only man to pit for slicks during the race as all eyes were pinned to the Audi which did set the fastest lap but lost almost two-laps by making the tyre change.

Tagged as: Donington Park , MG , Jason Plato

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