BTCC Brands Hatch (photo by Marc Waller)Jason Plato has taken his second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship win of the day at Brands Hatch.
Andrew Jordan also held on to his first race result for second, whilst Gordon Shedden came back after his earlier debacles to finish fourth. Jeff Smith created smiles at Pirtek Racing to come home in fourth place, holding off from the Honda of Matt Neal across the line.

Gordon was later excluded from the results after a failed ride height check, promoting Jeff Smith to third place – and putting Mat Jackson on pole position for the reversed third race.

After his fantastic performance in the first race, Sam Tordoff would be starting race two on the soft option tyres, alongside Dan Welch and Ollie Jackson. Will Bratt started the race on the softs, but came into the pits after the out-lap with an issue.

Jack Goff was another non-starter after a water leak on the grid forced him to sit out the race. Joe Girling’s earlier problems led to a race two absence, whilst Lea Wood also failed to make it out. Tom Onslow-Cole started his race from the back after joining from the pit lane during the warm up lap.

Rob Austin put in another storming start to get into second place, however couldn’t quite make the move on Jason Plato through Paddock Hill Bend. Contact early on between Frank Wrathall and Colin Turkington approaching the same corner saw the BMW heading for the gravel but managed to get himself back on track, despite losing several places.

Jason maintained a solid lead throughout the race ahead of Austin, who was now in a battle to hold on to his second place from Jordan. The Pirtek racer got the place going into Paddock, whilst the sister Honda of Gordon Shedden was coming back through the field after his poor race one finish. Frank Wrathall, who was sitting in fourth was looking to make a move on the Audi for third, however didn’t quite leave enough space, resulting in Austin spinning and retiring in the pits with damage.

Gordon Shedden benefited from the incident and jumped into third and Wrathall slid down to fifth behind the second Pirtek Honda of Jeff Smith, with Matt Neal looking to make up more places.

Dan Welch was doing well to maintain a mid-field position as he was struggling to put in the lap times with his Proton which only had sixth gear. Team mate David Nye in the Welch Motorsport S2000 Ford made contact with Warren Scott’s Seat resulting in him landing in the gravel at Druids with nowhere to go – bringing out the safety car with only a handful of laps remaining.

The gap Plato had created over the race now meant nothing as all the cars bunched up behind the safety car. With the race now extended to twenty seven laps, the race was restarted on lap 26 – leaving a two lap sprint to the flag.

Jason maintained his position to take the win ahead of Andrew Jordan and Gordon Shedden, whilst further behind, in an attempt to take fourth from Jeff Smith, Wrathall ended up beached in the gravel at Druids – and out of the race. Jeff held onto a fantastic fourth position for the Pirtek Racing team, whilst Liam Griffin won the S2000 category with his Addison Lee Motorbase Ford.

Retirements from the race included Aron Smith, who had a misfire on his Airwaves Focus. Ollie Jackson was also in the walls, quite literally, as his Speedworks Avensis took a trip into the Druids barrier. Another disappointing race for eBay Motors saw Rob Collard retire in the pits during the race, whilst Tom Onlsow-Cole was also forced to retire his Passat CC.

Race three is due at 17:05 – with Adam Morgan benefiting from the reverse draw grid to start from pole position.

Race Classification – Top fifteen:
1. Jason Plato
2. Andrew Jordan
3. Jeff Smith
4. Matt Neal
5. Sam Tordoff
6. Adam Morgan
7. Mat Jackson
8. Colin Turkington
9. Dave Newsham
10. Nick Foster
11. Liam Griffin
12. James Kaye
13. James Cole
14. Dan Welch
15. Warren Scott
Fastest lap: Gordon Shedden – 48.935 (Lap 6)  By Nikki Thompson (photos by Marc Waller)   
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