Race two

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One of the big ques­tions in race two was how much would Plato help team-mate Turk­ing­ton. The County Ar­magh racer had put him­self firmly back into the hunt with that race one win.

When Plato skil­fully teed up a pass on Austin’s Toy­ota to grab sec­ond place at Sur­tees on lap eight, we would find out the an­swer, be­cause Shedden fol­lowed Plato through for third place.

At first, it seemed like Plato wouldn’t help at all as he zoomed up on to the bootlid of Turk­ing­ton’s lead­ing ma­chine and had sev­eral ro­bust looks go­ing into Paddock Hill Bend.

All of the top three were on the softer Dun­lop tyres, but the ex­tra weight in Turk­ing­ton’s car was a real prob­lem.

“I knew that I had to set the fastest lap, be­cause I needed ev­ery sin­gle point on of­fer,” said Team BMR driver Turk­ing­ton. “We had data from my team­mate James Cole, who had used the softs in race one and we knew they would go off but we sim­ply had to push.

“When Ja­son caught me he had a cou­ple of looks and I gave him room, be­cause I sim­ply had to fin­ish the race to stand any chance of the ti­tle. I didn’t re­ally un­der­stand the mentality when he was push­ing me to­wards the end, but he did the job in the end and backed it off, even though he had the faster car.”

Plato did slow things down once he had “a call from the team” and gave his sis­ter car a buf­fer to those chas­ing be­hind.

Some in the team sug­gested that it was pre-or­ches­trated plan and that Plato had slowed down as soon as Shedden’s Honda was tak­ing ad­van­tage of the top two slow­ing each other up. But Turk­ing­ton wasn’t quite so sure.

In the end, so good was Plato’s road­block job that he and Shedden had a queue of cars be­hind them and they were more than one sec­ond be­hind.

“I didn’t want to take the fight to Ja­son. was happy with where I was and I didn’t want to take any risks. Third place was good enough,” said the Scots­man.

Shedden could not re­lax with Cook nip­ping at his heels, and he had points leader Tordoff in his wheel­tracks.

Austin’s bid for a top four slot was de­railed by a bro­ken al­ter­na­tor belt. His

TIME

25m56.267s +4.570s +5.314s +5.903s +10.750s +11.130s +11.620s +17.894s +18.077s +19.564s

TIME

30m42.447s +1.016s +1.454s +1.660s +2.600s +2.734s +3.046s +4.093s +4.188s +5.937s

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