Oulton Park BTCC: Jason Plato pips Gordon Shedden to second win

Jason Plato became the first British Touring Car Championship driver to win twice in one day this season as he just beat Gordon Shedden in race two at Oulton Park

Oulton Park BTCC: Jason Plato pips Gordon Shedden to second win

The Team BMR driver's victory, his 92nd in the series, was also the first for a driver carrying the maximum 75kgs of ballast introduced for this season.

As in the opening race Plato led from pole, with Shedden tucking in behind and following him closely for the duration.

The Civic Type-R, laden with just 33kgs of ballast, looked stronger on the brakes than the heavier Volkswagen CC, but Shedden rarely looked like being able to force his way through.

On the final lap though Plato had a slight twitch at Knickerbrook, which allowed Shedden to get a good run through Druids and attack into Lodge.

Plato defended and held the middle of the road on the run up Deer Leep as Shedden switch to the outside, but the two-time champion held on by just 0.093s for his fourth win of the season.

Andrew Jordan was a comfortable third in his MG. The Triple Eight man withstood mid-race pressure from the fast-starting Rob Collard before pulling clear in the closing stages.

As Collard dropped back he came under attack from WSR BMW team-mate Andy Priaulx, who had a poor start from fourth on the grid.

The three-time world champion came to the fore on soft tyres late on though, easing away from the Honda of Matt Neal and closing onto Collard's bumper heading on to the final lap.

A misjudgement from Priaulx under braking for the hairpin caused him to hit the left-rear wheel of his team-mate, breaking the toe-link on Collard's 125i M Sport and forcing him into retirement.

Priaulx continued but his BMW was also crippled, and he dropped to 15th.

With his team-mates hobbled Sam Tordoff came through to finish fifth after a strong drive from ninth on the soft tyres, while Adam Morgan followed him in sixth.

Aron Smith held off recovering Team BMR team-mate Colin Turkington to claim seventh, with MG's Jack Goff and Jeff Smith (Eurotech Honda Civic) completing the top 10.

Morgan has drawn the reverse grid pole position for the final race of the day, which will put Plato back in sixth.

RESULTS - 15 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jason Plato Team BMR Volkswagen 21m55.812s
2 Gordon Shedden Honda Honda 0.093s
3 Andrew Jordan MG MG 1.520s
4 Matt Neal Honda Honda 7.403s
5 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 8.369s
6 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 9.822s
7 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BMR Volkswagen 11.536s
8 Colin Turkington Team BMR Volkswagen 11.787s
9 Jack Goff MG MG 12.276s
10 Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda 15.654s
11 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 16.116s
12 Aiden Moffat Aiden Moffat Racing Mercedes 23.715s
13 Rob Austin Rob Austin Racing Audi 23.809s
14 Martin Depper Eurotech Honda 23.865s
15 Andy Priaulx WSR BMW 26.437s
16 Warren Scott Team BMR Volkswagen 29.363s
17 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 31.528s
18 Alex Martin Team Parker Ford 32.011s
19 Stewart Lines Houseman Racing Toyota 34.507s
20 Derek Palmer Jr. Infiniti Infiniti 36.549s
21 Simon Belcher Handy Motorsport Toyota 40.226s
22 Mike Bushell AmD Ford 40.785s
23 Hunter Abbott Rob Austin Racing Audi 40.902s
24 Andy Wilmot Welch Motorsport Proton 51.121s
25 Kieran Gallagher Team Hard Toyota 1 Lap
26 Josh Cook Power Maxed Chevrolet 1 Lap
- Rob Collard WSR BMW Retirement
- Dave Newsham Power Maxed Chevrolet Retirement


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