MOTORSPORT: Struggling Plato slips down to fifth

The Oxford Times: Jason Plato limps home in race three Jason Plato limps home in race three

OXFORD’S Jason Plato struggled in the third round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championships at Thruxton.

The MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save driver finished a disappointing sixth in his first race, seventh in the second and failed to finish in the third.

His day ended on the first lap when he damaged the right rear wheel after a clash with Adam Morgan.

Reigning champion Andrew Jordan extended his advantage at the top after an impressive win in the opening race at Thruxton – his first triumph at the Andover circuit.

The Honda of Gordon Shedden claimed the honours in race two.

Race three went to Colin Turkington after the Ulsterman surged from fifth on the grid and into the lead before the end of the first lap. The BMW driver held that position until the finish line, promoting him up to third in the standings behind Jordan and Shedden.

Jordan now leads the way overall with 141 points from Sheddon (133) and Turkington (123), with Plato dropping down to fifth on 106.

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