Silverstone BTCC: Jason Plato charges from 20th to victory

Jason Plato took a sensational victory in the reversed-grid British Touring Car race at Silverstone as he and Mat Jackson starred

Silverstone BTCC: Jason Plato charges from 20th to victory

With race one winner Plato (works MG6) starting 20th and race two victor Mat Jackson (Motorbase Ford Focus) 10th, the early running was made by the WSR BMW of poleman Nick Foster.

As Foster pulled clear, a whole group of cars tried to fight their way past the underpowered NGTC Honda Civics of Andrew Jordan and Gordon Shedden.

Rob Austin's Audi and the Proton of Dan Welch were the first to make it through, but they then clashed at Copse and dropped down the field.

That let Rob Collard into second, but Jackson and Plato were already latching onto the group.

Plato used his MG's great traction to pass Jackson for sixth on lap six of 22 and he soon overcame Jordan, Shedden and Collard.

The double champion then closed the gap to Foster and got a great run out of Luffield to take the lead at the end of lap 12.

Jackson - running 45kg of success ballast - took longer to get through the group, particularly Jordan, but he swept by Foster exiting Copse with five laps to go.

Once ahead, the Focus pulled away, but there was no catching the leader.

Foster came under increasing pressure from team-mates Collard and Tom Onslow-Cole in the closing stages.

Collard made it by along the start-finish straight, but Foster held off Onslow-Cole as the BMWs finished three-four-five.

Shedden held on well to the BMWs to finish sixth. It means he heads to the Brands Hatch finale later this month with a 15-point lead over Plato.

The other title protagonist, Matt Neal, had a terrible race to end his disastrous weekend.

The works Honda driver was running in the second half of the field when a clash in the complex put him out of the race.

That leaves him 16 points behind Plato and 31 behind team-mate Shedden in the drivers' table.

Results - 22 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jason Plato MG 22m02.547s 2. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford + 3.378s 3. Rob Collard WSR BMW + 5.268s 4. Nick Foster WSR BMW + 5.965s 5. Tom Onslow-Cole WSR BMW + 6.206s 6. Gordon Shedden Honda + 6.732s 7. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda + 9.405s 8. Adam Morgan Speedworks Toyota + 9.795s 9. Rob Austin Austin Audi + 12.355s 10. Aron Smith Motorbase Ford + 14.495s 11. Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda + 15.704s 12. Howard Fuller Gilham Honda + 15.835s 13. Chris James ES Vauxhall + 20.529s 14. Will Bratt Austin Audi + 21.392s 15. Daniel Welch Welch Proton + 33.579s 16. Lea Wood Wood Vauxhall + 36.143s 17. Ollie Jackson AmD Volkswagen + 37.012s 18. Tony Hughes Speedworks Toyota + 44.881s Retirements: Liam Griffin Motorbase Ford 16 laps Dave Newsham ES Vauxhall 11 laps Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota 10 laps Tony Gilham Thorney Vauxhall 10 laps Matt Neal Honda 5 laps Andy Neate MG 2 laps 
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