Plato wins first Silverstone race ahead of Turkington
BTCC News | Sun 28th September 2014Jason Plato won the first of today’s BTCC races at Silverstone, but Colin Turkington remains on course for championship glory with a solid second place finish.
By Matt Lamprell
Plato started the race from pole position, but couldn’t prevent Turkington from taking the lead off the line. Mat Jackson climbed to third at the start, at the expense of Sam Tordoff.
Plato immediately challenged for the lead, but Turkington fended off the challenges. Perhaps inevitably, though, the championship leader’s defence only lasted a handful of laps. As Plato put the nose of his MG down the inside of Turkington’s BMW, the points leader ceded the spot. With a 55-point lead going into the race, Turkington is taking a low-risk approach in the final stages of the season. With Plato in the lead, Turkington sat second for the remainder of the race. Mat Jackson was third and kept Turkington in his sights. The Airwaves Racing driver’s best chances to move up came over the course of the last couple of laps, but Turkington had sufficient pace to stay in front. Plato took the win, joined on the podium by Turkington and Jackson. Behind the leading trio, Plato’s teammate Sam Tordoff had an uneventful race in fourth. Alain Menu finished fifth, ahead of Aron Smith and Rob Collard. Marc Hynes took eighth, with Austin ninth and Jordan in tenth.
Jason Plato said, “I’m pleased with that win. That was our target really, We’d like to win race two as well. Colin’s a world class driver and he’s operating at a very good level at the moment.
“I don’t think he wanted to risk anything. He was quite defensive for a lap or so, but I thought if I could line myself up and show that I was committed, I thought he would probably let me through.
“I’ve got to try and emulate that again in race two.”
Colin Turkington said, “I knew Jason was going to be very strong. I could live with the pace, but couldn’t quite break the tow.
“It’s a great start to the day for the eBay Motors team. One step at a time. No racing driver likes to settle for second, but when I saw he was putting his nose down the inside, I wasn’t closing that door.”