Colin Turkington extends championship lead

Colin Turkington has extended his lead at the top of the championship standings following three podium positions at Snetterton. The eBay Motors driver, who entered the weekend with a 7 point lead over Gordon Shedden, finished second in the first two races of the day before taking a third place in race three.

The race wins on the day belonged to Jason Plato and Aron Smith. Plato led from lights to flag in race one after securing pole position on Saturday. He then backed that up with another win in race two, although did not lead all the way after being passed by Turkington at the start of the race. Marc Hynes, who finished tenth in race two, then picked Smith to start from pole on the reverse grid and the Irishman held his nerve and drove a defensive race to take his second win of the season. It was a weekend to forget for Andrew Jordan who suffered a heavy crash in practice. After suffering concussion, he was ruled out of qualifying on medical grounds and therefore started race one from the pit-lane. He picked up no points in race one and another incident in race two saw him ruled out of participating in race three again on medical grounds, after his car filled with fumes.

At the start of race one Plato got away well and maintained his lead over the usually fast starting rear-wheeled BMW piloted by Turkington. Tom Ingram progressed up the order from sixth to fourth while Alain Menu slotted himself into third having started fifth. As the top two pulled away from the pack the battle for third heated up with Menu, Matt Neal, Ingram and Smith touring bumper to bumper. Ingram started to slip down the order and his race came to a disappointing end after his wheel un-attached itself from his car. Elsewhere team-mates Smith and Menu made contact on the pit-straight. Plato’s team-mate Sam Tordoff retired early on after touring the circuit slowly before later rejoining to get some testing on the car. Jordan got a late gift after his team-mate Martin Depper and Jack Clarke made contact, allowing the reigning champion to gain two positions but there were no points for him at the end of the race.

Race One Points

  1. Jason Plato
  2. Colin Turkington
  3. Matt Neal
  4. Adam Morgan
  5. Alain Menu
  6. Aron Smith
  7. Gordon Shedden
  8. Mat Jackson
  9. Rob Collard
  10. Jack Goff
  11. Rob Austin
  12. Warren Scott
  13. Fabrizio Giovinardi
  14. Glynn Geddie
  15. Robb Holland

In the second race, which also happened to be Mat Jackson’s 250th, Jason Plato did not have it all his own way after losing out to Colin Turkington at the start. He was not able to pull away, however, when an early safety car was deployed following an accident involving Alain Menu. The race was restarted on lap five and Andrew Jordan found his bad weekend getting worse after he went three abreast with Rob Collard and Jack Goff at Brundle. Jordan lost out and was sent into a spin. Elsewhere Jack Clarke stopped out on track after contact with Warren Scott while Robb Holland had a spin. By lap nine of the race Plato was back into the lead and he was unchallenged as he stormed to his second victory of the day.

Race Two Points

  1. Jason Plato
  2. Colin Turkington
  3. Gordon Shedden
  4. Matt Neal
  5. Adam Morgan
  6. Mat Jackson
  7. Fabrizio Giovinardi
  8. Aron Smith
  9. Sam Tordoff
  10. Marc Hynes
  11. Jack Goff
  12. Martin Depper
  13. Rob Austin
  14. Nick Foster
  15. Andrew Jordan

Having finished tenth in race two it was down to Marc Hynes to draw the reverse grid. He picked number eight meaning that Aron Smith would start on pole for the third and final race of the day. Tom Ingram, who sat out race two, made it onto the grid for race three as did Alain Menu who had sustained damage in race two. Andrew Jordan did not start race three on medical grounds, following his incident in race two. As the lights went out Smith maintained the lead as Gordon Shedden dropped positions off the line. There was plenty of drama in the final race of the day including Adam Morgan being given a tap by Matt Neal, Lea Wood hitting Dave Newsham, and Martin Depper coming round a corner sideways and taking out innocent bystander Nick Foster. As Colin Turkington tried to fight his way through the pack he made contact with Neal, causing the Honda driver to spin. Turkington lost out to Morgan in the process and was later handed a Knockhill grid penalty for the contact. Up at the front Smith was able to shake off the Airwaves Racing duo of Fabrizio Giovinardi and Mat Jackson. As Jackson passed his team-mate to go second, Giovinardi was left to defend from a fiesty Turkington. The Northern Irishman soon found his way through and Giovinardi dropped down the order after a spin at Coram on the final lap.

Race Three Points

  1. Aron Smith
  2. Mat Jackson
  3. Colin Turkington
  4. Jason Plato
  5. Gordon Shedden
  6. Rob Collard
  7. Sam Tordoff
  8. Adam Morgan
  9. Marc Hynes
  10. Jack Goff
  11. Matt Neal
  12. Glynn Geddie
  13. Fabrizio Giovinardi
  14. Alain Menu
  15. Dave Newsham

The racing continues in three weeks at Knockhill.

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