British Touring Cars Oulton Park

Race report from the fourth round of the 2013 British Touring Cars season at Croft

Jason Plato won two of the three races at the latest British Touring Cars event at Oulton Park, but a run of consistent finishes allowed Matt Neal to hang on to the championship lead.

Plato impressed in winning races one and two from pole position, heading his new MG team-mate Sam Tordoff in the opener before heading reigning champion Gordon Shedden in the second. But Plato’s chances of completing a hat-trick of wins in the reversed-grid race three were ended by a fire on his MG6 in the early stages.

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That third race was by far the most entertaining race of the day, with Pirtek Racing Honda Civic ace Jeff Smith building up a lead as he went in search of his first-ever BTCC win. But, running on the quick-wearing soft tyres and coming under pressure from team-mate Andrew Jordan, Smith lost control and ventured across the grass with four laps to go, allowing Jordan through to seal his second win of the season.

As for Neal, he finished sixth, fourth and fourth in the three races, keeping him just three points ahead of Jordan and seven clear of Plato as the season nears its halfway point.

BTCC standings after 12/30 rounds1 Matt Neal (Honda Civic) 173pts2 Andrew Jordan (Honda Civic) 1693 Jason Plato (MG6) 1664 Gordon Shedden (Honda Civic) 1425 Sam Tordoff (MG6) 1296 Colin Turkington (BMW 125i M Sport) 1237 Adam Morgan (Toyota Avensis) 1168 Jeff Smith (Honda Civic) 979 Tom Onslow-Cole (Volkswagen CC) 7210 Aron Smith (Ford Focus) 66

Next round: Croft, North Yorkshire, June 22/23

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