MOTORSPORT: Plato seeks to keep up the pace

Bicester Advertiser: Jason Plato in action Jason Plato in action

Oxford's Jason Plato bids to continue his impressive start to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship when the third round takes place at Thruxton, near Andover, tomorrow.

Plato, in the MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save car, is tied at the top of the standings with reigning champion Andrew Jordan, the pair having both enjoyed one stellar weekend apiece.

Jordan took pole position and two race victories in his Honda Civic of at Brands Hatch, while Plato just fell short of repeating the feat at Donington with a pole, a win and a second-place.

The top two are just a point ahead of 2012 champion Gordon Shedden, who produced a heartstopping final corner move on Colin Turkington’s BMW at Donington.

It was a moment that will go down in BTCC folklore as both cars slid off the track and into gravel before the Scotsman hauled his Honda Civic Tourer back on to the tarmac just ahead of the Ulsterman to take the win.

Standings: 1 A Jordan 87pts, 2 J Plato 87, 3 G Shedden 86, 4 C Turkington 84, 5 M Neal 79, 6 S Tordoff 57, 7 R Collard 56, 8 M Jackson 38, 9 A Smith 32, 10 T Ingram 27.

CHIPPING Norton’s Fergus Walkinshaw will be looking to repeat the form he showed in claiming a maiden pole position at Thruxton last year when the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup returns to the Hampshire circuit this weekend.

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