Brands Hatch: RML weekend summary

Plato and RML win Brands Hatch BTCC with Chevrolet Jason Plato has been declared the winner of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship's third race at Brands Hatch after officials penalised Jonathan Adam who had crossed the line...

Plato and RML win Brands Hatch BTCC with Chevrolet

Jason Plato has been declared the winner of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship's third race at Brands Hatch after officials penalised Jonathan Adam who had crossed the line in first position.

Adam was adjudged to have unfairly knocked Jason out of the lead as their cars entered Paddock Hill Bend a couple of laps into the race. The incident enabled Adam to take over the lead and he went on to cross the line 3.845s clear of Plato.

After looking at the evidence BTCC officials have concluded the move was unfair and added four seconds to Adam's time - thus relegating him to second position. Jason has been handed the 47th race win of his career - the victory is also the first in the BTCC for the Chevrolet marque since 1975!

Race 1 - Starting from 9th position Jason made a good start and climbed up to 6th position, dramatically out-dragging RAC's Stephen Jelly on the run to the line by just two thousandths of a second.

Race 2 - Jason made another good start and moved forward, however, he had contact with Sheddon which dropped him down to 12th. He made it back up to 10th at the flag and the reverse grid selection for race three was drawn as the first 10 finishers, thus he would start race 3 from pole position.

Race 3 - Making a great start Jason held P1 for the first two laps of the race until heavy contact from Jonathan Adam in the BMW 320si at Paddock Hill Bend pushed him fully sideways. Controlling the car magnificently he only lost one place and despite challenges from both Sheddon's Honda and Neal's Vauxhall he took the flag in 2nd place.

Jason was named by Tim Harvey as Driver of the Day and the 22 points collected see him currently in 4th position in the Drivers standings.

After the race Jason commented "Last Wednesday morning I resigned myself to the fact I'd be spending today fitting a new bathroom in my house! But then came 'the call' and I was suddenly packing my race kit. The RML team has worked miracles all weekend and we're still figuring out what really makes the car tick. We've had zero testing before this weekend so to get a win is beyond what we ever realistically thought possible. It's a cracking result and gives us a huge lift as we look ahead".

Ray Mallock was equally pleased with the result. He said ""It was a fairy tale start and we are all working hard to find the sponsors to give Jason and the team the opportunity to build on the 4th place and bring home the championship".

-credit: rml

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Series BTCC
Drivers Tim Harvey , Jason Plato , Ray Mallock , Jonathan Adam , Stephen Jelly