BTCC Knockhill: Jason plato takes victory in his 500th race

Jason Plato took his first British Touring Car Championship victory of the season in his Team BMR Subaru in the opening race at Knockhill during his 500th race in the category

BTCC Knockhill: Jason plato takes victory in his 500th race

The two-time champion powered away from pole position into a strong lead, but that was wiped out by a late-race safety car to clear the car of an errant backmarker.

Plato held his nerve over the closing laps as the WSR BMW 125i M Sport car of Jack Goff pushed him hard, but the Subaru man made it to the line 0.5s clear for his 95th career win.

He said: "Before this weekend I wasn't getting caught up in that number but it is a nice thing to win.

"It makes you reflect on your career and it is great to be here after all those races and still winning after 500 events.

"The safety car was ironic because it was my team-mate Warren Scott who had gone off - I was hope they would clear it as soon as possible - but that is racing."

Goff battled from fourth place to unseat his team-mate Sam Tordoff before zooming up to the bootlid of the second placed Speedworks Toyota Avensis of Tom Ingram.

Goff made the pass for second with a lunge down the inside into the hairpin on lap 12. Tordoff dropped down the order late on as the 66kg of ballast had an effect on his car.

That allowed Colin Turkington's Subaru to make progress. He overtook Tordoff with three laps to go for fourth and then pounced on Ingram at the hairpin with a lap to go to grab the last spot on the podium.

Behind Tordoff in fourth was Andrew Jordan's Motorbase Ford Focus and series returnee Dave Newsham in the Power Maxed Chevrolet Cruze.

The factory Honda Civic Type Rs of Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden were eighth and ninth, with Shedden taking the spot after a move into Clark's corner on the Toyota Avensis of Rob Austin on lap two.

RACE ONE RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 27 25m30.213s
2 Jack Goff WSR BMW 27 0.503s
3 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 27 1.003s
4 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 27 2.375s
5 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 27 2.781s
6 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 27 4.034s
7 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 27 5.265s
8 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 27 7.605s
9 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 27 8.143s
10 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 27 8.357s
11 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 27 9.206s
12 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 27 10.160s
13 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 27 11.295s
14 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 27 11.346s
15 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 27 11.495s
16 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 27 12.307s
17 Rob Collard WSR BMW 27 12.581s
18 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 27 13.652s
19 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 27 14.484s
20 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 27 14.863s
21 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 27 15.114s
22 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 27 15.991s
23 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 27 16.692s
24 Michael Caine Team Hard Toyota 27 18.868s
25 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 27 19.479s
26 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 27 21.057s
27 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 26 1 Lap
- Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 19 Retirement
- Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 17 Retirement
- Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 13 Not classified
- Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 9 Retirement


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