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Jason Plato furious over penalty for clash with Dave Newsham in Brands Hatch British Touring Car opener

Jason Plato collides with Dave NewshamBritish Touring Car star Jason Plato was furious to be penalised for the Brands Hatch race one accident with Dave Newsham.

Plato's works MG6 attempted to pass the ES Racing Vauxhall Vectra, which was overtaking Matt Neal's Honda, on the approach to Paddock. As the track narrowed the two made contact and Newsham was fired into the gravel.

Plato has been handed a 750 fine and three points on his licence, but feels the incident was not his fault.

"At some point if someone is alongside you, you have to choose to acknowledge it and give them room or ignore them," said the double champion. "If you ignore it things can happen.

"I'm annoyed I've been penalised when it wasn't my fault. He caused the incident by not giving me racing room."

Newsham felt that Plato was to blame.

"I saw Jason there, so I was defending," he said. "There was no way there was enough room to get by.

"I'm gobsmacked - it was clumsy."

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