Silverstone BTCC: Jason Plato dominates race one in MG one-two

Jason Plato escaped a first-corner scare to score a dominant win in round 25 of the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone

Silverstone BTCC: Jason Plato dominates race one in MG one-two

The Triple Eight MG star led from start to finish from pole position, but escaped a first-corner near-miss with team-mate Sam Tordoff, who simply admitted he lost control of the rear of his car.

That sent Plato wide in avoidance and meant Tordoff was prone to attack from WSR BMW's Colin Turkington.

Turkington grabbed second place at Becketts on the opening tour, but Tordoff snatched the position back on lap three exiting Luffield, just before the safety car boards appeared to deal with debris from a clash between Will Bratt, Nick Foster and Andy Neate at Woodcote.

At the restart, Plato eased away from Tordoff to win by 1.4 seconds in a convincing MG one-two.

The star of the race was Matt Neal, who stormed to finish third from ninth on the grid.

He carved across points leader Andrew Jordan's bows off the startline, and gained spots when Dave Newsham, who made an outrageously bold lunge for second, and Jack Goff both slid wide at Brooklands.

Neal then pulled superb passes on Frank Wrathall, Rob Collard and Turkington, all at Becketts, to seal a place on the podium.

Turkington fought back at the finish, missing out on third by just 0.008s as Neal ran short of fuel exiting the final corner.

Collard finished fifth, ahead of Jordan, who came through to sixth from 10th on the grid.

Adam Morgan battled past Aron Smith for seventh, followed by charging team-mate Mat Jackson, and the recovering Newsham.

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden finished 11th.

Results - 25 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jason Plato MG 26m58.881s 2. Sam Tordoff MG +1.477s 3. Matt Neal Honda +6.072s 4. Colin Turkington WSR BMW +6.080s 5. Rob Collard WSR BMW +6.453s 6. Andrew Jordan Eurotech Honda +7.114s 7. Adam Morgan Ciceley Toyota +7.511s 8. Aron Smith Motorbase Ford +8.206s 9. Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford +8.494s 10. Dave Newsham Speedworks Toyota +9.227s 11. Gordon Shedden Honda +13.243s 12. Rob Austin Austin Audi +13.398s 13. Daniel Welch Welch Proton +14.092s 14. Frank Wrathall Dynojet Toyota +14.381s 15. Tom Onslow-Cole Motorbase Ford +14.732s 16. Warren Scott BMR VW +19.698s 17. Howard Fuller Hard VW +22.463s 18. Jeff Smith Eurotech Honda +30.327s 19. Ollie Jackson Speedworks Toyota +30.475s 20. Lea Wood Wood Vauxhall +32.789s* 21. Aiden Moffat Hard VW +33.068s 22. Will Bratt Austin Audi +1 lap Retirements: Liam Griffin Motorbase Ford 15 laps* Jack Goff Hard Vauxhall 11 laps Andy Neate IP Chevrolet 1 lap Nick Foster WSR BMW 1 lap * S2000 
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