BTCC – Jason Plato dominates race one at Snetterton

Start (photo by Marc Waller)Jason Plato took a lights to flag victory in race one here at Snetterton followed home by Ebay Motors Colin Turkington who although always in touch with the MG driver could not ever get close enough to line up a pass.

Behind them Matt Neal took third saying his car felt great. He battled Adam Morgan for much of the race with the Wix racing Mercedes driver having to settle for fourth.

The race started in dramatic fashion with Plato’s team mate Sam Tordoff suffering brake failure. As He rejoined the track Nick Foster was knocked into Dave Newsham and cars went everywhere in avoidance but somehow there were no serious accidents. Tordoff, Newsham and Foster all pitted but continued in the race.

In a separate incident, Jack Goff collided with Marc Hynes, pushing Hynes down the order. Hynes then collided with Dan Welch later in the race putting Welch out where he spoke to circuit commentator, Alan Hyde to let everyone know of his disappointment with the situation!

Chaos Midfield(photo by Marc Waller)Plato takes the flag (photo by Marc Waller)Turkington Second (photo by Marc Waller)Podium (photo by Marc Waller)Alain Menu had looked set for third early in the race but was passed by the quick Matt Neal who had already blasted past Tom Ingram. Ingram dropped down the order before retiring on the final lap with hub failure causing a front wheel to fall off.

Menu then got into a battle with team mate Aron Smith and the two collided giving Adam Morgan his chance to take fourth and chase after Neal. Menu clung on to fifth in the end as Smith came under attack from Shedden.

Smith hung on to sixth with Shedden taking seventh. Eighth was Mat Jackson ahead of Rob Collard who had a stunning drive from the rear of the field to ninth. Rounding out the top ten was Jack Goff just ahead of Rob Austin.

Giovanardi went from the rear to thirteenth and Andrew Jordan managed to Salvage sixteenth after his nightmare day on Saturday left him at the back.

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The next race starts at 2:35pm By Marc Waller

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