Jason Plato marked a personal achievement of 80 wins in British Touring cars today in the Dunlop MSA BTCC round at Silverstone. In front of a massive crowd under fairly blue skies, Plato took two wins from three races on the Indy circuit to close to a single point behind Colin Turkington in the 2013 Championship table.
Plato and MG KX Momentum Racing team-mate Sam Tordoff made the most of their front row places from Saturday’s qualifying session to dominate Race 1 but the big battle lay just behind as Matt Neal fought is way through the BMWs of Colin Turkington and Rob Collard to take third in his Yuasa Racing Honda Civic.
Into the afternoon and with temperatures slowly rising, teams made their tyre choices for the second of three races. Plato’s second podium top spot of the day took his BTCC win-count to 80 with Andrew Jordan’s slightly damaged Pirtek Racing Honda Civic in hot pursuit over the final laps, finishing just a quarter second behind Jason’s MG6. Aron Smith’s Ford Focus was third with Plato’s team-mate Tordoff finishing 4th.
The final round, as usual, started with a partial reverse grid and it was too much to hope for a Plato triple. Matt Neal fired his Honda from pole but Gordon Sheddon who fought from 7th on the grid to take the win over Aron Smith with Neal coming home third.