There was a distinct case of déjà vu at Brands Hatch as Jason Plato secured another lights-to-flag victory in the second race of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – with Matt Neal and Colin Turkington again alongside him on the podium.
Starting from pole position thanks to his win in race one, Plato made the perfect start to lead the field into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time, with Matt Neal losing second to Colin Turkington as the leaders streamed round the first turn. Cutting back inside immediately, the Team Halfords driver slipped back inside the MG and reclaimed the place at Druids.
Behind the top three, Rob Collard held fourth from Tom Chilton and Fabrizio Giovanardi but Chilton seemed to have a problem as he dropped behind his team-mate on lap two – with Gordon Shedden also finding a way past the Astra Sport Hatch within a lap. However, whatever led to Chilton slowing seemed to be quickly solved as he was soon back on the pace. On lap four Giovanardi went fourth past Collard at Druids.
Arguably one of the most dramatic incidents of what was another surprisingly quiet race came a lap later when Shedden got a run on Collard at the final corner, only to be forced to run along the grass on the start/finish straight. However he made the move stick to take the place and Collard then had both Chilton and Dave Pinkney trying to dive down the inside at Druids. Pinkney tagged Chilton who in turn tagged Collard – with Pinkney and Chilton both moving past the MG.
A charging Shedden went fourth a lap later past Giovanardi before the Safety Car was called out when Chris Stockton tagged Adam Jones at Paddock Hill to put the Xero car into the gravel.
When the Safety Car went in, Neal tried to get close to Plato but was unable to get the gap down enough to make a move and had to settle for second. Turkington took third, despite the best efforts of Shedden to claim a place on the podium, with Giovanardi fifth and Chilton sixth – giving him pole thanks to the reverse grid rule. Collard, Gareth Howell, Dave Pinkney and Jason Hughes rounded out the points scorers.
Darren Turner and Martyn Bell both failed to take the start after pulling off on the green flag lap, while Mike Jordon was hit by more gearbox problems and retired having made moves from the rear of the field. Gavin Smith wasn't classified after joining the race late following his off in race one.