Jason Plato took a virtually untroubled victory in the first race of the Knockhill round of the British Touring Car Championship. The star led team mate Ash Sutton to an Adrian Flux Subaru Racing 1-2 finish swiftly followed by Team BMW’s Colin Turkington and Rob Collard. The racing between the four front runners was tight with often just a split second between them but it was Plato on his 50th pole who took the win.
Race two got off to a dramatic start with multiple cars being involved in an incident after Andrew Jordans BMW125i M Sport hit Matt Neals Honda, which in turn then spun Senna Proctors Vauxhall Astra. Also involved was Stephen Jelley, who had then crashed into Proctor, Matt Simpson, Josh Cook and Dave Newsham were also affected and the race red flagged. At the restart Plato again led the way with team mate Sutton hot on his heels, the slightly lighter Subaru of Sutton was able to make a decisive overtake on the 11th lap and fend off Plato just, crossing the finish line with fractions of a second between them and again Turkington and Collard right behind them.
There was a shake up to the top two places in race three with Speedworks Tom Ingram taking the win in the reversed grid race, reigning champ Gordon Shedden in second place and Colin Turkington again taking third step on the podium.
Ingram quickly bested pole sitter Ant Whorton-Eales and was rewarded with lead position after Whorton-Eales ran wide at the chicane and was hit by Rory Butcher also getting past Gordon Shedden and Dave Newsham. Shedden pushed hard but was unable to match the the lead of Ingram. But the safety car deployment after Ollie Jackson’s Audi S3 stopped on track, meant Ingrams advantage was diminished, eventually finishing just over 1 second ahead of Shedden.
Just 4 points lie between Championship leader Colin Turkington with 265 points and Ashley Sutton on 261, with Gordon Shedden third in the standings on 253 points.
The series continues at Rockingham on 26th 27th August.
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