‘Scorchio’ at Oulton Park and not just the weather!
Jason Plato, driving the MG KX Momentum Racing car took the trophies for the first two races. Claiming pole position he dominated both races from start to finish with his team mate Sam Tordoff taking second in race one.
In what is a short career so far for Sam in the BTCC this is also his first podium and a first one-two for the MG KX Momentum Racing team but then Plato is no stranger to winning at Oulton Park.
Race three saw a dramatic fire put Plato out of action, leaving the door open for the Yuasa Honda racing car driven by Matt Neal to take the championship lead.
“I’ve been on fire, literally” said Plato. Very true words, certainly on the driving side and then followed by his dramatic incident.
This weekend saw Rob Austin running the TOCA engine for the first time in his Audi. This makes him the first rear wheel drive NGTC car with the TOCA engine.
The engine has previously appeared in Geoff Steels Racings S2000 spec BMW at Silverstone in 2011, having been in the BMW it made it easier to adapt for the Audi.
The Worcestershire Team come in 13th and 17th in race one. They must like the number 13 as not only is it Rob’s race number but Will Bratt took 13th place in race two with Rob coming in 8th.
Race three saw Austin on pole and to the delights of his fan base remained in the lead until the Honda of Jeff Smith snatched it from him midway through the race. Lancashire lad Adam Morgan in his Toyota Avensis was hot on the heels of Smith and followed him through past Austin taking second only to have it stolen from him by Andrew Jordan in the Pirtek Racing Honda.
Newsham in the Toyota Avensis after a collision with the No1 Honda of Gordon Sheddon careered dramatically off the track at ‘The Avenue’ and skidded down the grass bank and was forcedto retire.
With just three laps to go and Jordan in the lead, Smith spun out at the chicane and couldnt manage to recover it, leaving the way clear for Colin Turkington in the BMW to come through and take second place, whilst Morgan held off a very strong challenge from Matt Neal.
Although not managing to hold on to his initial lead, the Audi’s of Rob Austin and Will Bratt still took 5th and 6th places.
The next round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship takes place at Croft on the 22/23 June.
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