Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Plato wins, but a rather uninspiring day


The BTCC is done for another year. After the excitement of 2009, with three drivers still in contention going in to the final round, I was hopeful of a repeat performance and plenty of thrills and spills at Brands Hatch yesterday. There were four pretenders to the crown, although the RML Silverline Chevy of Jason Plato was the odds-on favourite.

Alas, my hopes of an incident-packed, edge-of-the-seat day of racing was not to be. Plato ran away with it, all but securing the title by winning the first race and then making it official with further domination in race 2. The agonizing over where I should place myself was hardly worth the bother - not a notable incident occurred all day pretty much anywhere. There were the predictable offs at Druids, Paddock and Clark Curve but by and large the guys who mattered behaved themselves. Even race 3, where all was done and dusted, turned into something of a procession with Andrew Jordan leading from start to finish.

So my plan off setting up for action and staying at Clearways for most of the day didn't do me any favours. At least the racing was exciting last year - even if the bumper-busting photo opportunities were similarly limited. Unfortunately, 2011 sees the finale move to Silverstone. The only way it could get worse (for non-media accredited photographers) would be to go to Rockingham - don't get any more silly ideas please TOCA.

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