BTCC 2015 race report: Oulton Park

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Source : BTCC 2015 race report: Oulton Park

Sam Tordoff takes a memorable first win for the WSR team, nevertheless the idea was Jason Plato’s day at Oulton Park.

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the idea was Jason Plato’s weekend in Cheshire, as he guided his Volkswagen CC to two wins along with the BTCC championship lead at Oulton Park.   

Plato became the first driver that will year to win twice on the same day, while a fifth place from the third race pushed him 5 points clear of second placed Gordon Shedden. 

An event-filled first race ended up red flagged when Stewart Lines lost control of his Toyota Avensis from the pit entrance, along with Plato claimed the win of the shortened race. He converted pole position into a win that has a strong performance, securing pole for race two with the fastest lap too.

As he raced clear to a lead of over three seconds, Matt Neal in his Honda Civic Type-R worked hard to hold off Andy Priaulx’s BMW. Priaulx put a lot of pressure on from the closing stages nevertheless could not force a mistake coming from Neal. Andrew Jordan claimed a comfortable fourth place in his MG, just behind the Neal/Priaulx battle.

He was the highest-placed driver on the soft-compound tyre, just ahead of Aron Smith along with Gordon Sheddon who were also on soft tyres. Seventh place went to Jack Goff from the second MG. The top ten was rounded off with Tom Ingram’s Speedworks Toyota, Sam Tordoff from the second WSR BMW along with Dave Newsham’s Chevrolet.

In race two, Plato managed to hold off a hard-charging Gordon Shedden, despite carrying the 75kg ballast penalty after winning race one. 

As from the opening race Plato led coming from pole, nevertheless the attention of Shedden assured the idea was not as relaxed as his first victory of the day. Shedden’s Civic was carrying 33kg of ballast too, nevertheless although the idea kept pace with Plato along with the VW, the idea never looked like getting past until a mistake on the final lap. Despite a drag to the finish, Plato managed to cling on by a tiny 0.093s margin to claim his fourth win of the season.

Andrew Jordan claimed a comfortable third in his MG with Matt Neal brought home his Honda in fourth.

the idea turned into a bad race for WSR BMW when a misjudgement coming from Andy Priaulx, saw him clip the corner of team-mate Rob Collard’s car. that will forced Collard to retire along with Priaulx’s damaged car dropped to 15th place.

that will allowed the Sam Tordoff to come through along with finish fifth, despite starting ninth on the soft tyres, while Adam Morgan followed him in sixth.

Aron Smith held off Team BMR team-mate Colin Turkington to claim seventh, with the top ten completed by MG’s Jack Goff along with Jeff Smith in his Eurotech Honda Civic.

The final race bought Sam Tordoff’s first victory in a rear-wheel drive car along with his first for the WSR BMW team.

the idea was a tough outcome for Ciceley Racing’s Adam Morgan who made a strong start coming from pole, nevertheless was forced to take a drive through penalty coming from the lead for a jump start, eventually finishing in 17th place.  

Tordoff passed Matt Neal’s Civic shortly after half-distance, having been overtaken by him on on the first lap after running wide. Later that will lap, Jordan forced his way inside Neal at Lodge along with made the idea stick despite contact through the following corners.

Jordan chased down Tordoff nevertheless could fashion an overtaking chance on the final lap. Tordoff held on for his third BTCC win. Matt Neal completed the podium ahead of team-mate Gordon Shedden.

Plato led home three Team BMR Volkswagen CCs, with Colin Turkington leading home Aron Smith in seventh. Jack Goff bought the second MG home in eighth place, ahead of Tom Ingram’s Toyota Avensis along with Jeff Smith in his Honda Civic respectively.

The results mean that will Plato leads the championship by three points coming from Gordon Shedden, with Matt Neal in third place 5 points further back.  

 

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