MOTORSPORT: Ten-place penalty dents Plato's title bid

Jason Plato is chased by Rob Collard in race one at Croft Picture: Lee Foxon

Jason Plato is chased by Rob Collard in race one at Croft Picture: Lee Foxon

First published in Sport

DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

OXFORD’S Jason Plato lost ground in the title race after an eventful round five at Croft included him being penalised ten places for a crash.

Plato finished third in race one after qualifying in second place, but that was as good as it got for the MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save driver and two-time former champion.

In race two, he received a ten-place grid penalty and was deducted three points following contact with Alain Menu’s VW CC.

The Swiss star looked to have overtaken Plato on the inside at Clervaux, but as the Oxford man turned in to take his line, he made contact with the VW alongside him.

Menu was fired out of the race, with Plato finishing sixth, but the grid penalty meant he could only come tenth in the final race.

Plato tweeted: “To put the record straight, I apologised to @AlainMenu_ and told the stewards that I misjudged the undercut. My mistake, hands up.”

Championship leader Colin Turkington (ebay Motors), who won twice at Croft, now leads fourth-placed Plato by 49 points, with round six to follow at Snetterton on August 2 and 3.

STANDINGS

1 C Turkington 228pts, 2 G Shedden 221, 3 A Jordan 200, 4 J Plato 179, 5 R Collard 170.

Latest Sport news

Oxford United fans' chat

Oxford Mail:

11:59am Monday 2nd March 2015

Have your say on the main talking points at Oxford United in our 60-minute interactive discussion from noon.

VIDEO: Highlights from Oxford United's draw at Portsmouth

Oxford Mail:

10:55am Monday 2nd March 2015

WATCH the key moments as Oxford United stood firm to claim a goalless draw at Fratton Park.

Michael Appleton praises Oxford United side after Portsmouth draw

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 2nd March 2015

BOSS Michael Appleton hailed a new-found trust with his Oxford United players as they delivered a disciplined performance to claim a point with a goalless draw at Portsmouth.

Ryan Clarke thrilled at back-to-back clean sheets

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 2nd March 2015

RYAN Clarke was thrilled to preserve his perfect record against Matt Tubbs on the way to a hard-fought clean sheet at Fratton Park.

Jake Wright delighted as Oxford United pass big test

Oxford Mail:

8:40am Monday 2nd March 2015

JAKE Wright was delighted to shut out what he felt was one of the best attacks in Sky Bet League Two as Oxford United drew 0-0 at Portsmouth.

Andy Awford praises Oxford United back line

Oxford Mail:

8:20am Monday 2nd March 2015

OXFORD United’s defensive strength was praised by Andy Awford after his Portsmouth side was held to a goalless draw.

FROOTBALL: Justin Merritt's joy as Oxford City's style of plays reaps rich reward

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 2nd March 2015

Oxford City general manager Justin Merritt was delighted with his side’s performance in their 7-1 demolition of hosts Gloucester City  in the Vanarama Conference North yesterday.

FOOTBALL: Goalkeeper Luke Sanders is Kidlington hero in penalty shoot-out

Oxford Mail: Tommy Castle

8:00am Monday 2nd March 2015

Goalkeeper Luke Sanders was the hero with a remarkable four saves in the penalty shoot-out as Kidlington edged past hosts Tuffley Rovers 2-1 on spot-kicks in their Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup second-round tie.

FOOTBALL: Mills scores 40th goal to end Didcot Town's winless run

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 2nd March 2015

Didcot Town reignited their play-off bid with a surprise 2-0 win at home to Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South & West leaders Merthyr Town on Saturday.

RUGBY UNION: Ollie Smith admits London Welsh are just not good enough

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 2nd March 2015

Assistant coach Ollie Smith said London Welsh were simply not good enough after his side were convincingly beaten by London Irish in the Aviva Premiership at Oxford's Kassam Stadium.

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