Plato charges to Oulton race two win

Jason Plato re-took the lead of the British Touring Car Championship by superbly winning the second race of the day at Oulton Park from 10th on the grid

Plato charges to Oulton race two win

The Chevrolet driver carved his way through the field and kept his head when rain began to fall late in the race to beat Matt Neal's Honda to the flag by just under a second.

Tom Onslow-Cole led the field initially from pole position, with the Arena Ford driver being chased by Gordon Shedden's Honda and Rob Collard's WSR BMW.

However, contact between Collard and Tom Chilton's Arena Ford at the Island hairpin on the opening lap resulted in the former being spun around and hit by the unsighted Alex MacDowall.

This, coupled with a driveshaft failure for Shedden on lap two, promoted Plato to fourth, and he swiftly made it into the podium places by passing Chilton at Island next time round.

Two laps later he made a near-identical move on Mat Jackson's Motorbase BMW for second and latched onto the tail of Onslow-Cole, whom he passed for the lead on lap 10, but only after hitting the rear of the Ford and causing significant bodywork damage to the front of his own car.

Plato held the lead to the end while Neal, who also made a number of places during the latter stages, passed Jackson and Onslow-Cole.

Despite his efforts to close on Plato, he settled for second, a result that dropped him three points behind his rival in the championship.

Onslow-Cole finished third ahead of Jackson and the second Motorbase car of Steven Kane, Chilton and James Nash (Triple 8 Vauxhall).

Tom Boardman came from 21st on the grid to finish eighth in his Special Tuning UK SEAT while a recovering MacDowall outsprinted David Pinkney for ninth - and pole for the reversed grid final race - out of the final corner of the race.

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Jason Plato Chevrolet 22m22.567s 2. Matt Neal Honda +0.749 3. Tom Onslow-Cole Ford +3.483 4. Mat Jackson BMW +4.921 5. Steven Kane BMW +9.378 6. Tom Chilton Ford +12.016 7. James Nash Vauxhall +12.328 8. Tom Boardman SEAT +13.134 9. Alex MacDowall Chevrolet +37.184 10. David Pinkney Vauxhall +37.227 11. Lea Wood Honda +37.899 12. Matthew Hamilton Honda +38.522 13. Arthur Forster BMW +45.655 14. Martin Depper BMW +47.410 15. Rob Collard BMW +49.282 16. Andrew Jordan Vauxhall +1 lap 17. Andy Neate BMW +1 lap Not classified John George Honda 13 laps Martin Johnson Vauxhall 13 laps Shaun Hollamby Volkswagen 5 laps Gordon Shedden Honda 2 laps Paul O'Neill Honda 0 laps 
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