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By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 11 October 2012 Updated: 18/10 17:10
JASON Plato picked up to two fantastic victories in the penultimate meeting of the BTCC season at Silverstone to throw himself firmly into contention for the Drivers’ title.
Victory in race one was followed by an incredible success in race three as he took his KX Momentum Racing MG from 20th to 1st with a fantastic display of driving.
The victories leave Plato 15 points behind Honda’s Gordon Shedden who tops the standings ahead of the final meeting at Brands Hatch on October 20/21.
Starting race one from fifth on the grid, Plato made a superb start and led into the first corner but was passed by Mat Jackson after a safety car period.
Plato worked hard to get past Jackson throughout the remaining laps and when a mechanical failure slowed the leader down, Plato gleefully retook the lead to secure his fifth victory of the campaign.
It was Plato’s turn to suffer problems with his car in race two as he had to retire from the race lead, ironically Jackson was the man to benefit on this occasion.
Failure to finish in race two meant Jackson had to start from the back for race three but he worked his way through the field superbly and was leading by halfway, a position he was not about to relinquish.
“Two wins, so easily could have been three,” Plato said.
“But another great step forwards today, the car was just mega, especially in race three. My tail is in the air going into Brands Hatch, I’m confident we will have the best car and just a 15 point gap to the top is very do-able. Game on.”
FIVE race victories, eight pole positions and a
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