BTCC RE­PORT: ROCK­ING­HAM DRIVER ANALYSIS COLIN TURK­ING­TON

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Week­end started with a fifth, and that looked like it would be a spring­board. A clash at the first hair­pin in the sec­ond race de­layed him. In race three he zoomed to fifth place.

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Plato never let Jack­son have a moment’s rest in his bid to grab sec­ond place but was un­able to in race one. Was prag­matic about the con­tact that ru­ined his charge in race two. Sad­dled with the harder tyres in race three and ended up in 10th.

Ginetta GT4 Su­per­cup cham­pi­onship leader Tom Wrigley suf­fered a dis­as­trous week­end at Rock­ing­ham as his ti­tle lead was slashed from 93 points to just 19 af­ter two re­tire­ments and then a post-race penalty.

Wrigley’s woes be­gan on the opener’s first lap. A rain­soaked track boosted Jamie Or­ton, who took the lead at Tarzan and never re­lented.

He was aided by Wrigley re­tir­ing with a fuel pump fail­ure, mark­ing the first fin­ish out­side the top five in 2016 for the ti­tle favourite, mean­ing ri­val Burns took sec­ond with Carl Board­ley in third place.

It was deja vu in the sec­ond race as Or­ton dou­bled up and Wrigley failed to fin­ish – this time af­ter col­lid­ing with Burns as the pair scrapped.

Or­ton held his pole at the start and Hib­bert starred, mov­ing to sec­ond from sixth by the sec­ond cor­ner.

Hib­bert backed up a train of cars with Burns head­ing the pack and al­low­ing Wrigley to close in from fourth af­ter start­ing 15th. Min­utes later Wrigley hit Burns at Chap­man Curve forc­ing the for­mer into re­tire­ment, Burns con­tin­ued and fin­ished third.

Wrigley’s move was pun­ished in the af­ter­math, the stew­ards de­duct­ing nine cham­pi­onship points and hand­ing him a grid penalty for the next round at Sil­ver­stone.

“It’s been a dis­as­trous week­end,” Wrigley said. “It’s an­noy­ing as I’ve been so fast here and have noth­ing to show for it.”

He took fifth in the fi­nal race, some dis­tance be­hind the podium trio, which was led by Mark Davies ahead of Burns and Or­ton.

Ginetta GT4 Su­per­cup Or­ton took a dou­ble win af­ter miss­ing Knock­hill Burns prof­ited from Wrigley’s mis­ery

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