Plato does it again in race two while Collard has a monster shunt

Turkington leads away at the start (photo by Marc Waller)Jason Plato is putting up a fight for the championship as he wins his second race of the day.

The start was very similar to race one with Plato getting overhauled by the fast starting Turkington only for the MG Driver to pass him back going into Brooklands again.

The most notable incident of the race though came at the end when it was red flagged early after a huge crash for Rob Collard. Rob was airlifted to hospital for precautionary checks but he appears to have escaped almost unscathed.

Mat Jackson looked set for another podium but started to fade around half distance and Menu saw the opportunity. He drew alongside through Copse finally drawing ahead at Becketts. Aron Smith then caught Jackson too and spent the rest of the race trying to find a way past. But Jackson wasn’t going to let a further place slip away and was still in fourth when the red flags came out.

Plato was ahead by lap three (photo by Marc Waller)Plato was unbeatable again (photo by Marc Waller)Shedden and Austin Collide (photo by Marc Waller)Goff collects Austin (photo by Marc Waller)The cars complete what was to become the final lap (photo by Marc Waller)Podium (photo by Marc Waller)Plato’s team mate Tordoff was Sixth, unable to get close to his team mate’s pace with Giovanardi in seventh in the second Airwaves Focus. Behind him was Andrew Jordan, recovering well from his Nightmare qualifying with his second top ten finish of the day this time in eighth.

The rest of the top ten was decided during the incident which caused Collard’s huge crash. Collard had been as high as fifth early on but was another driver to suffer from fading tyres. He ended up in a pack battling with Warren Scott, Jack Clarke and Gordon Shedden. Shedden had already had a run in with Rob Austin which saw him spin and get collected by Jack Goff’s VW. The damage put Rob out of the the race.

Collard was by now at the back of the battling pack, up ahead Shedden collided with Jack Clarke sending him into a spin and Collard had nowhere to go. He tried his best to avoid the spinning Focus by swerving to the right but still caught the Crabbies racing Focus and launched his Ebay BMW into a series of massive barrel rolls travelling quite a long way down Wellington Straight. As soon as he came to rest the marshall’s were straight on the scene and it soon became clear there was no option but to flag the nearly completed race. Collard was taken straight to the medical centre. He complained of tingling and so as a precaution he was airlifted to hospital. But after Xrays and tests it was established that he has suffered no serious injuries.

So Scott took ninth, an excellent result for him with Clarke tenth, another good result and Shedden in eleventh. The final points finishers were; (In order) Hynes, Neal, Goff and Morgan.

Full results can be viewed, as always on TSL timing  By Marc Waller 

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