Plato took the Team Dynamics/Halfords man around the outside, with Yvan Muller adopting the same approach to get past. With over ten laps to go the pattern for the rest of the race up was set. Plato, using all his experience and racecraft, kept his car positioned precisely where Muller didn't want it for corner after corner, lap after lap.
It was thrilling stuff. Plato simply didn't make a single mistake, whilst everyone watching was just waiting for contact from these two, who haven't had the most friendly of histories.
Muller dropped back a little for a time, and made a final charge at the SEAT ahead, but ultimately it wasn't to be enough to take the victory, and an ecstatic Plato who took SEAT's first win in the British Touring Car Championship.
“It was sensible, but then the championship is thirty races we won't win it this afternoon,” said Muller after the race, when he revealed that he was not happy with the setup of his car.
Plato, meanwhile, was rather happy. “One of the most enjoyable races I've ever had,” he said. “We never dreamt in a million years that we would be in the position f=to race for wins and now we have so a big thanks to everyone.”
Behind the duelling duo was VX Racing Jr driver Michael Bentwood who showed he can drive front wheel drive well too, with a very fine third place. Dan Eaves, after his time at the head of the field, maintained his fourth place from the attentions of Rob Collard, whilst Anthony Ried worked his way back through the field to sixth place.
1. Jason Plato
2. Yvan Muller
3. Michael Bentwood
4. Dan Eaves
5. Rob Collard
6. Anthony Reid
7. Luke Hines
8. Shaun Watson-Smith
9. James Kaye
10. Colin Turkington