Plato resists Jackson for another win

Jason Plato continued from where he left off in race one with his second victory of the day, although he was made to work for it by Mat Jackson and Gordon Shedden.

Plato made the perfect start when the lights went out to lead the field, while behind him Jackson moved up to second place as James Nash had a huge sideways moment through Paddock Hil bend and dropped to fourth behind Alex MacDowall.

The Silverline Chevrolet driver however would be called fo a jump start and was forced to make a drive-through penalty while running in third place behind Jackson.

James Nash took over MacDowall’s third position but was instantly under pressure from Shedden at the restart, and the Scot simply drove around the outside of the black Vauxhall on the run into Paddock Hill bend to snatch the podium spot away on lap five.

Up at the front of the field Plato began to feel the pressure from Jackson in the Motorbase Ford and was forced to defend his place at druids on a number of occasssions as the power of the turbocharged Ford meant Plato had to be wary of a move at Paddock Hill, as Shedden quickly closed the gap to the top two.

Jackson and Shedden continued to pressure Plato until the final third of the race when Jackson began to struggle with his tyres, allowing Plato to edge away for victory and allowing Shedden to attack him for third. Shedden made his move at druids but Jackson came back immediately on the inside, only to run deep at Clearways and hand the place to Shedden who snuck up the inside.

Jackson told ITV after the race: “Its great for airwaves racing and to have a car that i can fight with for podiums. Gordon was quick and i think he maybe used his front bumper to good effect! Its all pretty even at the moment.”

The excitement factor of the race was brought by Andrew Jordan and Matt Neal, fighting through the field from the back. The two worked there way past Rob Collard, Jordan ironically copying Matt Neal’s favourite overtaking spot at Clearways to do so, before they slotted past Tony Gilham and Dave Newsham in quick succession.

Tom Chilton made a dreadful getaway at the start, and his race would not get much better as he was the last victim of Jordan and Neal’s charge through the field, Jordan edging past Chilton at Clearways and allowing Neal to make a run at the Ford at Druids, where he outbraked Chilton for the eventual seventh place after Jordan and Neal started 16th and 21st respectively.

Paul O’Neill showed pace in race two as he cruised home in fifth place not far behind James Nash, finishing ahead of Jordan and Neal. His team -mate John George was in the wars further back down the field with Jeff Smith, both the Chevrolet and Vauxhall drivers taking separate trips through the Paddock Hill beach.

The biggest incident of the race came at the same corner on lap one when a slow start also for the other Arena Ford of and Neate backed the field up and caused Tom Onslow-Cole’s AMD Volkswagen to be turned around by Tom Boardman, putting both out on the spot and so nearly collecting the Honda of Neal at the back of the field. 

Plato was delighted with the two wins but also told ITV that the speed of the turbo-engined cars made life difficult. “I didn’t expect the turbos to go off the way they did late in the race. You can see the difference between the 2 cars because they’re so quick on the straights, but the silverline chevrolet was fantastic and i was able to get away from them in the corners.

“It was important to get two wins because Matt’s had his problems today.”

Race results:

1.  Jason Plato      Chevrolet             22m21.689s
2.  Gordon Shedden   Honda                   + 2.128s
3.  Mat Jackson      Motorbase Ford          + 2.588s
4.  James Nash       Triple 8 Vauxhall       + 3.001s
5.  Paul O’Neill     Tech-Speed Chevrolet    + 4.232s
6.  Andrew Jordan    Eurotech Vauxhall       + 5.859s
7.  Matt Neal        Honda                   + 6.286s
8.  Tom Chilton      Arena Ford              + 9.868s
9.  Rob Collard      WSR BMW                + 11.816s
10.  Tony Gilham      Triple 8 Vauxhall      + 16.019s
11.  Dave Newsham     Geoff Steel BMW        + 16.526s
12.  Andy Neate       Arena Ford             + 17.468s
13.  Alex MacDowall   Chevrolet              + 22.893s
14.  Nick Foster      WSR BMW                + 28.476s
15.  John George      Tech-Speed Chevrolet   + 31.259s
16.  Jeff Smith       Eurotech Vauxhall      + 31.395s
17.  Chris James      ES Chevrolet             + 1 lap
18.  Liam Griffin     Motorbase Ford           + 1 lap
19.  Tony Hughes      Speedworks Toyota       + 3 laps
DNF  Tom Onslow-Cole  AmD Volkswagen             1 lap
DNF  Tom Boardman     Special Tuning SEAT       0 laps

The draw for race three took place just after the race and Jody Scheckter was the man to do the honour, picking the number seven out and therefore Matt Neal will start from pole for the final race of the day.

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