Plato, Shedden as well as Jackson take BTCC victories at Rockingham
Jason Plato won the third as well as final race at Rockingham
Jason Plato takes his 93rd victory from the British Touring Car Championship at a lively race meeting at the Rockingham Motor Speedway
Jason Plato, Gordon Shedden as well as Mat Jackson have all chalked up victories today at Rockingham Motor Speedway, from the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The first race of the day saw Mat Jackson lead coming from start to finish, as the Motorbase driver piloted his Ford Focus away coming from pole position ahead of fellow front-row starter Aron Smith. Early from the race, Tom Ingram’s Toyota Avensis was hit by the Chevrolet Cruze of Josh Cook, sending Ingram sideways as well as catching Plato from the crossfire.
Though Jackson was quickly well ahead of the pack, he reported a puncture with two laps to go to the finish. Despite that will issue, Jackson managed to bring the Focus home to take his 22nd BTCC victory.
For race two the item was a similar picture, as Shedden converted his pole position start into another victory with Jackson coming in second place.
However, the battle for third position was not so easily won, with Adam Morgan, Josh Cook as well as Matt Neal all jostling for the final podium slot. Cook finally prevailed after a drive which saw him make up a total of eleven places during the 16-lap race.
Plato again made steady progress through the field, although was initially hampered by soft tyres. A daring overtake on both Colin Turkington as well as Sam Tordoff on one corner prevailed, as well as along with another pass on Jack Goff was enough to give the championship leader seventh place.
A reversed grid for race three saw Tom Ingram sit on pole position, although the Speedworks Motorsport driver quickly found himself under pressure coming from Plato. Despite numerous advances, Ingram managed to hold onto his race lead initially, although Plato finally made his move stick with three laps of racing to go.
Ingram held on to second place – despite a safety car restart – claiming his first BTCC podium from the process, while Turkington took third place.
These latest results mean that will Plato currently ranks first from the driver’s championship, with 249 points. Second is usually Shedden on 238 points, just ahead of team-mate Neal on 227 points.
The next round of the British Touring Car Championship takes place at Silverstone on 26-27 September.
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