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MOTORSPORT: Plato slips off the pace despite podium
8:30am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
JASON Plato claimed a podium in the final race at Rockingham, but it was not enough to stop him falling further out of contention in the British Touring Car Championship.
The Oxford driver went into the weekend 54 points off the pace and despite a third place finish, he left the Northamptonshire circuit 62 adrift with only two rounds remaining.
Needing a strong weekend to boost his chances of reeling in the pacesetters, Plato began well and topped the timesheets in qualifying to put his MG KX Momentum car on pole.
But he was leapfrogged on the opening lap by Andrew Jordan, who went on to win the race.
Plato finished nearly 15 seconds down in fifth.
A sixth place in the second race followed, before a stronger showing in the final race of the weekend.
After passing Sam Tordoff on the 12th lap, Plato kept up the pressure on Colin Turkington, but he was unable to overtake and had to settle for third place.
The penultimate round of the championship is at Silverstone on September 29.
1 A Jordan 338pts, 2 G Shedden 308, 3 C Turkington 305, 4 M Neal 304, 5 J Plato 276, 6 S Tordoff 218, 7 A Morgan 190, 8 M Jackson 162, 9 R Austin 150, 10 A Smith 133.
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