Jason Plato victorious as Colin Turkington clinches fourth BTCC title in dramatic...

Jason Plato victorious as Colin Turkington clinches fourth BTCC title in dramatic fashion

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Power Maxed Racing’s Jason Plato took his first victory of the 2019 British Touring Car Championship season while Colin Turkington took a record-equalling fourth title in a dramatic season finale which saw Dan Cammish crash out of contention.

As the first runner on the softer compound rubber, Plato took full advantage and breezed past polesitter Senna Proctor and erstwhile Stephen Jelley in the early stages before building his advantage.

He then held on to secure his 97th series win despite late-race pressure from newly-crowned Independent Drivers’ Champion Rory Butcher to take victory by just under one second.

But all eyes were on Turkington, who clinched his fourth BTCC title after battling through from 25th on the grid to finish in sixth position, while his title rival Cammish seemingly suffered a brake failure which caused a high-speed off at Hawthorns on the penultimate lap.

That, and a fourth position finish for WSR stablemate Andrew Jordan, was enough for the Northern Irishman to claim honours by just two points from both Cammish and Jordan.

Behind Butcher in second position was race two winner Ash Sutton, who capped off a difficult 2019 campaign with a successful weekend on the 2.4-mile Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

Jordan managed to eclipse BTC Racing’s Josh Cook in the closing stages, while Turkington progressed some 19 positions to finish sixth on the grid after a phenomenal drive.

Team Toyota GB’s Tom Ingram was also involved in that battle, and would eventually come home in seventh ahead of Motorbase’s Ollie Jackson.

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan, who had been pressurising Cammish before his off at Hawthorn, came home ninth while Tom Oliphant made it three BMWs in the top ten.

Jelley recovered from an off at Surtees to finish 11th ahead of AmD Tuning’s Jake Hill, while double champion Matt Neal was 13th.

Aiden Moffat secured further points in his Infiniti Q50, while Bobby Thompson rounded out the points-paying positions in 15th.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 11 M Jason PLATO Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 23:19.614 1:32.091 5
2 6 I Rory BUTCHER Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 15 0.958 1:32.223 3
3 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 15 1.767 1:32.153 10
4 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 330i M Sport 15 4.248 1:32.033 9
5 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 5.333 1:31.783 12
6 1 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 15 13.598 1:31.864 25
7 80 M Tom INGRAM Team Toyota GB with Ginsters Toyota Corolla 15 14.103 1:31.911 21
8 48 I Ollie JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 15 16.810 1:32.358 6
9 33 I Adam MORGAN Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 15 17.346 1:32.402 26
10 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 15 17.653 1:32.679 30
11 12 I Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 18.758 1:32.799 2
12 24 I Jake HILL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 15 19.409 1:32.669 19
13 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 19.786 1:32.383 13
14 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 15 19.931 1:32.821 11
15 19 I Bobby THOMPSON GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 15 23.307 1:32.736 16
16 21 I Mike BUSHELL Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Honda Civic Type R 15 23.724 1:32.609 18
17 44 I Michael CAINE Motorbase Performance Ford Focus RS 15 24.171 1:32.869 4
18 9 M Rob COLLARD Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 24.800 1:32.948 17
19 41 I Carl BOARDLEY RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC 15 31.345 1:33.284 14
20 8 I Mark BLUNDELL TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 15 32.646 1:33.512 28
21 18 M Senna PROCTOR Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg 15 32.916 1:32.510 1
22 37 I Rob SMITH Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 15 34.070 1:33.489 20
R 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 13 DNF 1:32.671 8
R 4 I Sam OSBORNE Exceler8 Motorsport MG6 13 DNF 1:34.253 22
R 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 12 DNF 1:32.899 15
R 303 I Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 5 DNF 1:32.950 27
R 777 I Michael CREES GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct Volkswagen CC 3 DNF 1:35.382 23
R 3 I Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 1 DNF 1:43.800 7
R 22 I Chris SMILEY BTC Racing Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF N/A 24
NS 31 I Jack GOFF RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport Volkswagen CC DNS N/A 29
BTCC points deficit after Round 30
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