Plato beats Shedden to make it two out of two at Oulton Park

Plato leads away on lap one (Photo by Marc Waller)

Plato leads away on lap one (Photo by Marc Waller)Jason Plato has taken his second win of the day at Oulton Park with another lights to flag victory.

He started from pole once again after setting the fastest lap in race one. This time however, Gordon Shedden stayed much closer but was unable to find a way past as the vastly experienced Plato knew exactly where to defend to keep the Scotsman behind. He never let him get away however and they crossed the line just 0.093 sconds behind.

Behind the top two was Andrew Jordan, he gradually lost ground on the top two during the race but never completely fell behind taking the flag just 1.5 seconds off the leading pair.

Matt Neal finished fourth after running sixth for much of the race behind WSR team mates Priaulx and Collard. Tordoff ended up fifth after passing four cars during the race to have his best finish of the day. Adam Morgan and Aron Smith followed in sixth and seventh with Smith’s team mate Turkington crossing the line just a quarter of a second behind him in eighth.

But what had become of Priaulx? He had been racing with team mate Collard for much of the race with Collard in fourth and Priaulx in fifth a bit further back. As the race progressed Priaulx gained on Collard and entering the closing stages, Priaulx was right behind Collard. Priaulx made a passing attempt going into the hairpin and the two sensationally made contact.

Collard’s suspension broke on impact putting him out of the race. Priaulx continued but took the last points in fifteenth position.

Jack Goff took ninth still not able to keep pace with his team mate Jordan this weekend. Tenth was Jeff Smith having one of his better races to finish in the top ten. The whole of the Eurotech team had a good race with Martin Depper also scoring points in twelfth. Splitting them was Tom Ingram in the Speedworks Toyota Avensis.

Turkington and Smith get close (Photo by Marc Waller) Ingram and Moffat fought hard (Photo by Marc Waller) Plato and Shedden cross the line (Photo by Marc Waller) Bushell isnt having a good day although at least his car is intact this time (Photo by Marc Waller) Close battles in the midfield on lap one (Photo by Marc Waller) Priaulx hunts down Collard - It wouldn't end well (Photo by Marc Waller) The top four in the early stages (Photo by Marc Waller)

Thirteenth was Aiden Moffat in his Laser Tools racing Mercedes just ahead of Rob Austin’s Audi. field early on eventually making up a few places to take twenty third. Mike Bushell was another early spinner.

Dave Newsham had the worst time of all when his car was pulled off the grid following a technical issue.

Plato and Shedden cross the line (Photo by Marc Waller) Plato celebrates two out of two (Photo by Marc Waller) The top three on the podium (Photo by Marc Waller)

For the third and final race the top six have been reversed putting Adam Morgan on pole from Sam Tordoff. Neal and Jordan are on the second row with Shedden and Plato on row three. Plato has a realistic chance of making it three wins out of three if he can get a good start and pass his rivals. They certainly won’t make it easy though and we look set for an exciting final race of the day.

Full results are on TSL (Photo by Marc Waller)

 by Marc Waller

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