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Plato wins red-flagged race two at Silverstone

BTCC News | Sun 28th September 2014

Jason Plato took his second win of the day in race two at Silverstone, but the race was brought to a premature end when the red flags came out following a crash that saw Rob Collard’s eBay Motors BMW heavily damaged.

Plato wins red-flagged race two at Silverstone

By Matt Lamprell

Collard was taken to hospital following the race for precautionary checks, following the incident that left his BMW 1 Series on its roof. His car caught the corner of Jack Clarke’s slow Ford Focus, which was itself just recovering from an incident with Gordon Shedden. The minor contact flipped Collard into a roll.

The red flags aside, the race followed a similar pattern to the day’s first outing, with Turkington getting the jump on Plato at the start, but unable to keep the MG at bay for more than a couple of laps.

With Plato back through into the lead, Turkington was left to defend again. Just as in race one, it was Mat Jackson who was behind him. However, on this occasion, Jackson struggled to hang onto his own position, eventually losing out to Alain Menu.

That was the top three decided, with Plato winning from Turkington and Menu. Jackson finished fourth, with Aron Smith fifth and Sam Tordoff, sixth. Fabrizio Giovanardi took seventh, ahead of Andrew Jordan, Warren Scott and Jack Clarke.

Jason Plato said, “That one was a bit more interesting as Colin had the soft tyres on. Around the mid-race, he was quicker than me, but he started to drop off towards the end.

“We knew from race one that I should be able to conserve my tyres if I could manage the pace. Three wins are highly unlikely, but who knows? I'm in fighting mood today.”

Colin Turkington said, “Things were different for me that time, being on the soft tyre. We still struggle over the first few laps while you get temperature into the front tyres, though.”

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