Snetterton BTCC: Plato tussles with Turkington to take second win
|By Kevin Turner||Sunday, August 3rd 2014, 14:24 GMT|
Jason Plato took his second win of the day in the second British Touring Car encounter at Snetterton after a great tussle with Colin Turkington.
Turkington's WSR BMW jumped poleman Plato at the start to lead into Riches, but the safety car was soon scrambled after Alain Menu's BMR Volkswagen Passat and the Ciceley Mercedes of Adam Morgan clashed, putting the VW in the wall.
At the restart, at the end of lap four, Plato applied pressure to the BMW, finally making a move down the inside at Montreal on lap nine of 15.
Turkington came back at the MG for a few laps, before falling back to take the runner-up spot 1.6 seconds down.
Gordon Shedden's works Honda Civic Tourer came through from seventh to complete the podium.
The 2012 champion rose to fifth during the dramatic opening lap, then overtook Morgan's A-class for fourth around the outside at Brundle.
Shedden then closed on team-mate Matt Neal, who did not fight when the number 52 estate went down the inside at Montreal.
Motorbase Ford Focus pair Mat Jackson and Fabrizio Giovanardi followed Morgan home. Giovanardi went from 13th to seventh on lap one and then held off the BMR Passat of Aron Smith for much of the race.
The second MG of Sam Tordoff did even better, climbing to ninth from the back of the grid, while Marc Hynes - on the soft Dunlop tyre - made it three MG6s in the top 10 by narrowly beating Jack Goff's VW.
Reigning champion Andrew Jordan, who started 16th after his recovery drive in race one, rose to 10th early on, but it was not to be a happy race.
Jordan got by Rob Collard on the run out of Oggies, but the WSR BMW struck back on the Bentley Straight. Goff made it three abreast and the trio ran out of room at Brundle.
Jordan was forced into a spin and fell to 22nd. He came back and grabbed a single point by outdragging Dave Newsham's AmD Ford Focus by 0.043s on the run to the line.
Results - 15 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jason Plato MG 33m00.807s 2. Colin Turkington WSR BMW +1.608s 3. Gordon Shedden Honda +6.506s 4. Matt Neal Honda +8.072s 5. Adam Morgan Ciceley Mercedes +9.353s 6. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford +11.109s 7. Fabrizio Giovanardi Motorbase Ford +11.977s 8. Aron Smith BMR VW +14.334s 9. Sam Tordoff MG +18.072s 10. Marc Hynes MG +20.556s 11. Jack Goff BMR VW +20.831s 12. Martin Depper Eurotech Honda +22.120s 13. Rob Austin RAR Audi +26.130s 14. Nick Foster WSR BMW +26.343s 15. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda +26.680s 16. Dave Newsham AmD Ford +26.723s 17. Aiden Moffat Moffat Chevrolet +41.418s 18. Rob Collard WSR BMW +53.675s 19. Lea Wood Houseman Toyota +53.854s 20. James Cole UA Toyota +57.483s 21. Simon Belcher Handy Toyota +1m03.170s 22. Ollie Jackson Welch Proton +1m04.051s 23. Chris Stockton BTC Chevrolet +1m13.574s 24. Hunter Abbott RAR Audi -1 lap 25. Jack Clarke Motorbase Ford -2 laps Retirements: Glynn Geddie UA Toyota 11 laps Dan Welch Welch Proton 6 laps Warren Scott BMR VW 5 laps Robb Holland Rotek Audi 5 laps Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 2 laps Alain Menu BMR VW 0 laps