MOTORSPORT:Steady Plato moves up to fourth

Jason Plato takes the tighest line on the way to fourth spot

Jason Plato takes the tighest line on the way to fourth spot

First published in Sport

Oxford's Jason Plato moved up one place in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion-ship standings with three top-four finishes in the fouirth round at Oulton Park on Sunday Driving his MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save car, Plato recorded one third and two fourth places to go up one spot to fourth in the overall standings.

But he trails 36 points behind new leader Colin Turkington, who reached the top of the standings for the first time since his 2009 title success, after claiming a double victory.

The 32-year-old, driving for eBay Motors, dictated proceedings from the outset, securing pole position in a damp qualifying session on Saturday ahead of Plato and Honda Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden.

In the first race, Turkington's teammate Rob Collard got the jump on Plato and Shedden off the line and was able to protect the sister BMW ahead of him in the opening laps.

The duo pulled clear, and although Collard was never close enough to make a move on Turkington. Plato came third, five seconds behind Turkington.

In the second race, Plato wasfourth as Turkington completed a double.

Irishman Aron Smith, the VW driver, scored a second career victory in the final showdown, leading from lights-to-flag after a deluge of rain descended on the Cheshire circuit.

Plato, who received a 1.5secs penalty for an incident involving Turkington, again had to settle for fourth Standings (after 4 rounds): 1 C Turkington 183pts, 2 G Shedden 174, 3 A Jordan 156, 4 J Plato 147, 5 R Collard 125, 6 M Neal 117.

Chipping Norton’s Sean Walkinshaw finished seventh and 12th as he scored his first points of the season in rounds three and four of the EuroFormula Open in Portugal.

Sport
Latest Sport news

Collins: Whing's return has boosted everyone at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

11:30am Friday 24th October 2014

THE presence of Andy Whing back in the Oxford United side has prompted other players to raise their game, according to Michael Collins.

Carlisle boss calls for faster start against Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

11:20am Friday 24th October 2014

KEITH Curle has demanded a strong start from Carlisle United when they host Oxford United at Brunton Park tomorrow.

FOOTBALL Rising star Roberts eager for Oxford United first-team action as Morris returns to Norwich

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 24th October 2014

James Roberts is in no mood to rest on his laurels as the young Oxford United striker looks to feature in a fourth successive game when they visit Carlisle United tomorrow.

Potter changes mood to rediscover swagger for Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Friday 24th October 2014

ALFIE Potter says the secret to his return to form has been learning to enjoy football again after a difficult spell.

Oxford United pin Cambridge scoreline up in dressing room as motivation

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 24th October 2014

MICHAEL Collins has revealed Oxford United are using a reminder of their hammering at Cambridge United to get fired-up for games.

Oxford United boss encouraged by Hoskins progress

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 24th October 2014

WILL Hoskins continues to be well ahead of schedule in his recovery from a groin injury.

Yellow Army Day scheduled for Oxford United's clash with Wycombe

Oxford Mail:

8:20am Friday 24th October 2014

OXFORD United’s next home game has been designated as Yellow Army Day by the club’s supporters’ group.

RUGBY UNION: London Welsh given French lesson by Bordeaux, says Burnell

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Justin Burnell admitted London Welsh had received some big rugby lessons as they crashed to a 52-20 home defeat to Bordeaux Begles at the Kassam Stadium last night.

Caterham F1 staff in dark over future after being locked out of Leafield Technical Centre

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

STAFF at Caterham Formula 1 were last night left in the dark over their future after being locked out of the motor racing team’s West Oxfordshire base.

BADMINTON: Oxon youngsters make it two out of two

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Oxfordshire Under 17s continued their perfect start to the Shires County League season with a 13-7 victory over a strong Dorset side at Bartholomew School, Eynsham.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree