Smith takes second win of the season in Snetterton finale

Team BMR Restart driver Aron Smith won his second race of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in a quite enthralling final contest at Snetterton.

A pulsating race saw the top eight runners separated by less than 2.5 seconds after ten laps as the colourful cavalcade of cars jostled for position throughout the race.

Mat Jackson challenged Smith for the final half after the showdown, after squeezing by his Airwaves Racing team-mate Fabrizio Giovanardi, but eventually had to settle for second in his 251st BTCC race. Colin Turkington claimed a last gasp podium after Giovanardi’s Ford Focus went off on the entry to Murrays for the final time.

Championship Standings after Snetterton

  • 1 Colin TURKINGTON 279
  • 2 Gordon SHEDDEN 256
  • 3 Jason PLATO MG 223
  • 4 Andrew JORDAN 201
  • 5 Rob COLLARD 187
  • 6 Mat JACKSON 173
  • 7 Matt NEAL H161
  • 8 Sam TORDOFF MG 138
  • 9 Árón SMITH 125
  • 10 Adam MORGAN 97
  • 11 Alain MENU 82
  • 12 Jack GOFF 82
  • 13 Fabrizio GIOVANARDI 81
  • 14 Rob AUSTIN 71
  • 15 Tom INGRAM 62
  • 16 Nick FOSTER 50
  • 17 Marc HYNES 34
  • 18 Dave NEWSHAM 26
  • 19 Glynn GEDDIE 15
  • 20 Hunter ABBOTT 12

Result: Round 18, Snetterton

  • 1 Aron SMITH 12 laps
  • 2 Mat JACKSON +0.444
  • 3 Colin TURKINGTON +1.160
  • 4 Jason PLATO +2.227
  • 5 Gordon SHEDDEN +2.598
  • 6 Sam TORDOFF +3.586
  • 7 Rob COLLARD +3.014
  • 8 Adam MORGAN +4.428
  • 9 Marc HYNES +5.197
  • 10 Jack GOFF +5.315
  • 11 Matt NEAL +8.464
  • 12 Glynn GEDDIE +15.289
  • 13 Fabrizio GIOVANARDI +15.488
  • 14 Alain MENU +16.293
  • 15 Dave NEWSHAM +17.587
  • 16 Aiden MOFFAT +19.071
  • 17 Tom INGRAM +19.457
  • 18 Rob AUSTIN +27.003
  • 19 Lea WOOD +33.079
  • 20 Hunter ABBOTT +39.258
  • 21 Dan WELCH +39.877
  • 22 Jack CLARKE +41.142
  • 23 Simon BELCHER +48.384
  • 24 Ollie JACKSON +50.298
  • 25 James COLE

Result: Round 17, Snetterton

  • 1 Jason PLATO 15 Laps
  • 2 Colin TURKINGTON +1.603
  • 3 Gordon SHEDDEN +6.505
  • 4 Matt NEAL +8.072
  • 5 Adam MORGAN +9.353
  • 6 Mat JACKSON +11.109
  • 7 Fabrizio GIOVANARDI +11.977
  • 8 Aron SMITH +14.334
  • 9 Sam TORDOFF +18.072
  • 10 Marc HYNES +20.556
  • 11 Jack GOFF +20.831
  • 12 Martin DEPPER +22.120
  • 13 Rob AUSTIN +26.130
  • 14 Nick FOSTER +26.343
  • 15 Andrew JORDAN +26.680
  • 16 Dave NEWSHAM +26.723
  • 17 Aiden MOFFAT +41.418
  • 18 Rob COLLARD +53,675
  • 19 Lea WOOD +53.854
  • 20 James COLE +57.483
  • 21 Simon BELCHER +1:03.170
  • 22 Ollie JACKSON +1:04.051
  • 23 Chris STOCKTON +1:13.574
  • 24 Hunter ABBOTT -1 Lap

Lights to flag win for Plato

Jason Plato has claimed his second BTCC victory of the season after leading the opening race at Snetterton from start-to-finish.

Championship leader Colin Turkington extended his advantage in the standings by taking second ahead of Honda Yuasa Racing’s Matt Neal. Adam Morgan was just over a second away from scoring a maiden podium for the new-for-2014 WIX Racing Mercedes A Class as he closely followed home Neal’s Honda Civic Tourer.

Result: Round 16, Snetterton

  • 1 Jason PLATO 12 Laps
  • 2 Colin TURKINGTON +1.924
  • 3 Matt NEAL +14.185
  • 4 Adam MORGAN +15.194
  • 5 Alain MENU +17.585
  • 6 Aron SMITH +18.954
  • 7 Gordon SHEDDEN +19.590
  • 8 Mat JACKSON +21.042
  • 9 Rob COLLARD +21.337
  • 10 Jack GOFF +23.038
  • 11 Rob AUSTIN +27.651
  • 12 Warren SCOTT +29.344
  • 13 Fabrizio GIOVANARDI +29.670
  • 14 Glynn GEDDIE +40.359
  • 15 Robb HOLLAND +40.893
  • 16 Andrew JORDAN +41.239
  • 17 Martin DEPPER +41.487
  • 18 Marc HYNES +41.633
  • 19 Jack CLARKE +43.285
  • 20 Hunter ABBOTT +44.723
  • 21 Lea WOOD +46.889
  • 22 James COLE +48.245
  • 23 Aiden MOFFAT +53.131
  • 24 Ollie JACKSON +55.446
  • 25 Simon BELCHER +1:33.921
  • 26 Dave NEWSHAM +2:02.181
  • 27 Tom INGRAM -1 Lap

BTCC tyre choices for Snetterton

  • Jason Plato – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Colin Turkington – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Sam Tordoff – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Matt Neal – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Alain Menu – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Tom Ingram – Medium – Soft – Medium
  • Aron Smith – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Adam Morgan – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Mat Jackson – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Jack Goff – Soft – Medium – Medium
  • Gordon Shedden – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Marc Hynes – Medium – Soft – Medium
  • Rob Austin – Soft – Medium – Medium
  • Dave Newsham – Soft – Medium – Medium
  • Glynn Geddie – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Nick Foster – Medium – Soft – Medium
  • Warren Scott – Soft – Medium – Medium
  • Lea Wood – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Rob Collard – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Aiden Moffat – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Jack Clarke – Medium – Soft – Medium
  • Martin Depper – Medium – Soft – Medium
  • Robb Holland – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Fabrizio Giovanardi – Soft – Medium – Medium
  • James Cole – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Hunter Abbott – Soft – Medium – Medium
  • Dan Welch – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Simon Belcher – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Chris Stockton – Medium – Medium – Soft
  • Ollie Jackson – Soft – Medium – Medium