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MG Extend Championship Lead After Silverstone Double

The MG6 GT of Jason Plato secured two vital race victories in this afternoon's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races at Silverstone. 

The two-time champion backed up an impressive race one victory with a hard-fought win in the second race of the day before battling his way to a fourth-placed finish in race three. 

Team-mate, Sam Tordoff endured a slightly less successful day - a fourth and sixth was then followed by an engine problem in race three, forcing him out of the race on the formation lap. 

Starting race one from pole position following Saturday's closely-fought qualifying session, there was little that Plato could do to prevent the rear-wheel drive BMW of Colin Turkington racing ahead going into turn one, but it took just three laps to get back in front and then was typically consistent in managing his lead, bringing his MG6 home with a lead of 1.453 seconds.

Tordoff was also pipped off the line by Mat Jackson and despite battling hard, was unable to retake third and had to settle for fouth. 

It was almost an identical start for Plato in race two, as Turkington's straight-line speed again put him in front into the first corner. The MG driver fought back again, this time on lap two to re-take the lead. It was a subdued ending after a big accident for the BMW of Rob Collard brought out a red flag, ending the race one lap early. 

Tordoff again dropped places early on in the second race of the afternoon, immediately dropping to sixth. After a good batlle with Collard and Fabrizio Giovanardi, he crossed the line in sixth place. 

There was frustration all round at the start of race three. It was looking positive in a reverse grid that saw Tordoff promoted to the front row, but an engine problem forced him out of the race before it even started. That caused a delay in the start while the stewards cleared the oil left on the track and there was another delay just one lap into the race as the safety car was deployed following an incident involving Robb Holland, James Cole and Martin Depper. Plato capitalised on a battle between Giovanardi, Turkington and Menu on lap 20 to sneak up to fourth which is where he crossed the line. 

The overall display from the Triple Eight run team means that MG have extended their lead further over Honda in the Manufacturer's Championship heading into the season finale at Brands hatch in just two weeks time. 

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