British Touring Car Championship Round 3: Thruxton

Matthew Hayward
31 Mar 2012

A day of torrential rain mixed up the pack at this traditionally high-speed circuit, with MG's Jason Plato finishing the day at the top of the championship standings

Sunday's race at the Thruxton circuit was absolutely dominated by the immense wet-weather conditions. Mat Jackson took a win in the first race, and Gordon Shedden took the following two wins. Championship leader Jason Plato managed to maintain his lead by scoring two podium positions.

Going into the first race, Andrew Jordan was on pole position, and looked strong - but his Pirtek Racing Vauxhall Vectra got tangled up with the MG6 of Jason Plato going into the first corner, prematurely ending his race. Mat Jackson took the opportunity, and held the lead to the very end of the race, closely followed by Dave Newsham in second place - the best position of his career. Plato scooped up third place, maintaining his championship lead.

The second race saw the Honda Civic of championship hopeful Gordon Shedden storm to the head of the pack, pretty much in a league of his own. Plato managed to pass previous race winner Mat Jackson to take second place.

Race three was a continuation of race two, as the Honda Civics of Shedden and Neal took a one-two finish, with Frank Wrathall in the Toyota Avensis, trailing in third. Finishing the race in fourth place did mean that the Jason Plato has managed to cling onto his championship lead by four points.

The next round of this year's BTCC, will be held at Oulton Park on 10 June. For more detailed race results and championship standings, visit www.btcc.net.

2012 Dunlop BTCC Drivers’ Points after Thruxton (round 3 of 10):

Race 1
1 Mat Jackson Ford Focus
2 Dave Newsham Vauxhall Vectra
3 Jason Plato MG6
Race 2
1 Gordon Shedden Honda Civic
2 Jason Plato MG6
3 Mat Jackson Ford Focus
Race 3
1 Gordon Shedden     Honda Civic
2 Matt Neal Honda Civic
3 Frank Wrathall Toyota Avensis
Final Championship points and positions
1 Jason Plato 129 points
2 Gordon Shedden
125
3 Matt Neal 115
4 Mat Jackson 107
5 Robert Collard 103

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