By Pat Cranham, BTCC reporter
Jason Plato today walked away after a terrifying roll during round 5 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
That was a big shunt - I think it was three rolls? As soon as the impact came, that was it.
The incident happened on the opening lap during the second race of the day when Gordon Shedden tapped the Airwaves Racing Ford Focus of Liam Griffin into the side of Plato. This sent the Chevrolet travelling at high speed towards the banking, sending the current champion into a number of rolls.
After Plato’s fantastic start to the season, taking a double victory at Brands while also becoming the most successful BTCC driver in the series history, things started off badly when in race 1 he got a puncture, which meant he had to start race 2 at the back of the grid when the incident happened.
Amazingly Plato walked away unhurt, but what was even more amazing was the fact that his RML team were able to repair the car in little over 2 hours for Plato to take to the grid in race 3. In a less than perfect car Plato was able to stay out of any incidents and drove cautiously to finish in 6th position.
Speaking about his incident and the work done by his team Plato said, "That was a big shunt - I think it was three rolls? As soon as the impact came, that was it. Needless to say, it was bitterly frustrating for me, but I'm ok. To turn that car around and get it on the grid for race three looked an impossible task, but they did it and that makes RML the best team out there. That is teamwork. To see their commitment makes up for all the bad weekends we'll ever have. That was real emotion out there today,"
During the day itself there were was a win for Matt Neal in race 1 and Matt Jackson took victory in race 3. However, it was Andrew Jordan who stole the show taking victory in race 2 which was followed up by a pair of seconds, while James Nash for Triple 8 leads the standings after Donington following 3 podium finishes.
Full race reports and images will follow shortly however you can now view full images of Plato’s frightening roll on the BTCC photo section.
Quotes courtesy of touringcartimes.com