Silverline Chevrolet’s Jason Plato today walked away unscathed from a huge shunt, in which a multi-car pile up forced the reigning champion off track and into a triple barrel roll on contact with the embankment during lap one. Yet despite fears the car wouldn’t compete in the final race with such damage, the RML team worked tirelessly to repair the car in time to make race three – and critically, it finished in the points allowing Jason to salvage some points in finishing a superb 6th place – undoubtedly the success story of the weekend.
It has been a challenging event for the Wellingborough-based team, with a puncture effectively ending Jason’s chances of a points-scoring finish in race 1. He classified in 19th place and Alex in 11th.
Then race two was dominated by Jason’s roll amid chaos on track. The incident started at the top of Craner Curve, and with several cars making contact, Jason was merely a passenger. Speaking after the race, Jason explained: “That was a big shunt – I think it was three rolls? As soon as the impact came, that was it. Needless to say, it was bitterly frustrating for me, but I’m ok”
Alex also enjoyed an action-packed race and despite plenty more carnage during the final race, a recurring theme for the weekend, took the flag in a very strong 4th place
Jason summarised: “It was amazing. You can see the passion in everybody, there were seriously tears in our eyes, including mine. To turn that car around and get it on the grid for race three looked an impossible task, but they did it and that makes RML the best team out there. That is teamwork. To see their commitment makes up for all the bad weekends we’ll ever have. That was real emotion out there today.”
Rod Underwood, Team Manager said: “That was a tremendous effort from the whole team to get the car on the grid. We thought it near impossible, but RML willl never give up and the guys put in 110%. For both cars to finish in the points is just reward for the hardwork and Jason’s 6th place will be greatly celebrated by us all, given how it looked post race two.”
The BTCC returns with rounds 7, 8 & 9 at Thruxton in a fortnight’s time when the Silverline Chevrolet team are determined to regain their championship lead as both Jason and Alex vow to come back fighting.