Jason Plato became the first driver to win five races in the 2008 HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship, when he led from pole to win the first of three races at Oulton Park in his SEAT Sport UK Leon TDI.
In hot and sunny conditions (25°C air / 38°C track temperatures) and in front of a huge crowd, Jason set a new lap record (1:28.653 / 88.98mph) on the way to a convincing win – maintaining a 3.8 to 4 second lead before easing off on the 15th and final lap to win by 1.999 seconds.
Darren Turner dropped a place at the start, but was soon challenging Tom Chilton (Honda Civic) to regain 2nd place. He moved into 2nd with a good overtaking manoeuvre at Cascades, only for Chilton to hit his rear bumper and push the Leon TDI sideways as Darren turned into the left hander.
Darren did well to control the car and keep it on the asphalt, but the incident had dropped him down to 7th. With damaged rear suspension, it was difficult for Darren to recover and he eventually finished 6th.
BTCC Round 19
1. Jason Plato (SEAT Leon TDI)…22:30.779
2. Tom Chilton (Honda Civic)…22:32.778
3. Fabrizio Giovanardi (Vauxhall Vectra)…22:36.737
4. Colin Turkington (BMW 320si)…22:37.467
5. Tom Onslow-Cole (Vauxhall Vectra)…22:38.990
6. Darren Turner (SEAT Leon TDI)… 22:39.897
Fastest lap: Jason Plato (SEAT Leon TDI)…1:28.563