Jason Plato Wins Red-Flagged Second Silverstone Race

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Jason Plato made it two wins from two races at Silverstone with victory in the second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend, ended early for a huge accident for Rob Collard.

The second race of the day brought a similar storyline to the opening encounter, Colin Turkington leaping into the lead with the rear-wheel drive West Surrey Racing BMW 125i.

The lead of the Northern Irishman lasting a mere lap however, Plato repeating his race-winning overtake from earlier in the afternoon by slotting inside the small gap at Brooklands left by the championship leader.

Turkington again kept the Triple Eight MG driver honest throughout the race, the soft-tyre shod BMW soon slipping away slightly from the rear bumper of his main title rival as the race drew on.

Plato took the flag for his fifth win of the season, leading Turkington home by just over a second to further trim the series lead of the latter.

The result also extended Turkington’s Independent lead to 84 points, which provisionally sees him now Independents’ champion with 80 to play for.

Alain Menu claimed a podium finish for BMR Racing, the Swiss ace having climbed up the order and lunged inside Mat Jackson for third spot at Copse on lap 13, while his Volkswagen team-mate Aron Smith matched the overtaking move on the same tour directly behind on Collard to go on to seal fifth.

The latter was involved in a frightening accident however with only a lap left to run, Collard’s BMW collecting the barriers and rolling multiple times avoiding a spinning Jack Clarke. The 125i landed on its roof in a sorry state, but Collard emerged without serious injury.

The red flags were waved to end the race a lap earlier than planned, the top 10 rounded out by Sam TordoffFabrizio Giovanardi, Andrew Jordan, Warren Scott and Clarke.

The top 10 results for Scott and Clarke were the best of their season, ahead of Gordon Shedden who continues to see his championship hopes slip away at a Silverstone circuit not suited to Honda.

Shedden was involved in a skirmish with Rob Austin at Becketts along the way that left the Audi spinning, while Marc Hynes suffered an off having been a top-10 contender for much of the race.

Giovanardi will start on pole position for race three of the day, the top seven finishers from the second race reversed in the draw.

Race three gets underway at 17:17and you can follow all the action with The Checkered Flag and on Twitter via@tcfBTCC.

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