British Touring Car Championship Round 2: Donington Park

After a strong effort from the Honda Civics, Championship standings have closed right up after a weekend of extremely close racing at Donington Park.

The three rounds of extremely close racing at the Donington Park GP circuit were mostly dominated by the Honda Civic of Gordon Shedden who won two of the three races, coming second in the other after Mat Jackson stole a the win in race 1. Despite these mighty performances, Jason Plato is still hanging in at the top of the championship standings after scoring some steady points throughout the day.

Plato scored his first pole position at the wheel of the MG6, but lost out to Mat Jackson in the Ford Focus and the two Civics of Shedden and Neal early on in race one. Jackson went on to take the win in the Ford Focus ST, closely followed by Shedden and Neal in the Civics.

In race two, Shedden led team mate Mat Neal in the first of his two wins, again with Mat Jackson hot on their tails. Jason Plato's MG looked fast, but after a crash with Robert Collard in the BMW 3-series, he failed to score any points.

The third race of the day was not without controversy. Mat Jackson crossed the finish line first, but was later disqualified from the race due to running higher-than-permitted turbo boost levels. Plato also crossed the line ahead of Shedden, but was knocked back a place by stewards after they deemed his move on the final corner 'unfair', giving Shedden the third win of the day. 

The next round of this year's BTCC, will be held at Thruxton on 29 April. For more detailed race results and championship standings, visit www.btcc.net.

2012 Dunlop BTCC Drivers’ Points after Donington Park (round 2 of 10):

Race 1
1Mat JacksonFord Focus
2Gordon SheddenHonda Civic
3Matt NealHonda Civic
Race 2
1Gordon SheddenHonda Civic
2Matt NealHonda Civic
3Mat JacksonFord Focus
Race 3
1Gordon Shedden     Honda Civic
2Jason PlatoMG6
3Tony GilhamHonda Civic
Final Championship points and positions
1Jason Plato84 points
2Matt Neal80
3Andrew Jordan76
4Robert Collard72
5Gordon Shedden70

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