Having secured the first Silverline Chevrolet win in round five of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this weekend at Rockingham, and with Jason Plato and Alex MacDowall carving their mark on the 2010 campaign with a current count of 75 points between them, Silverline Chevrolet now stand at the top of both the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ standings.
Despite the persistent challenge of increased tyre degradation this weekend, the early signs suggested encouraging pace – both by Alex achieving his best qualifying position of third place for the first race, and in Jason’s race two victory.
Jason now leads the Drivers’ Championship with 64 points, 17 ahead of on-track rival, Matt Neal.
And in the Manufacturers’ standings, Silverline Chevrolet has accrued 118 points, placing them 18 ahead of Honda.
The team has every reason to feel encouraged by the Rockingham results, and in particular with the improvement of car performance as the weekend progressed.
And as Jason hints, there’s plenty more to come yet from the Silverline Chevrolet team. He commented, “There’s still plenty of scope for us to get even more out of the car. We proved today that our car is capable of winning races, and the changes we made between the first and second races saw us improve the car considerably, but I think we’ll be even faster as the season progresses.”
The team now have just a few days to reprep the cars ahead of Rounds 7, 8 & 9 taking place on Bank holiday weekend, 1st-2nd May 2010 on the Brands Hatch GP circuit – one of Jason’s favourite tracks on which in the 2009 series’ finale, he took three out of three race victories – becoming only the second man in BTCC to achieve this.
Drivers’ Championship Standings:
1st Jason Plato 64 points
2nd Matt Neal 47 points
3rd Steven Kane 45 points
4th Paul O’Neill 43 points
1st Chevrolet / RML 118 points
2nd Honda /Dynamics 100 points
3rd Arena / Ford 78 points