Friday 23 October 2009

Plato quaffing with HiQ!

Jason Plato might have missed out on the HiQ British Touring Car Championship by a whisker, but he can at least add another champagne moment to his collection.

The BTCC legend, who racked up an amazing hat-trick of wins at the last round of action at Brands Hatch, pipped newly crowned champion Colin Turkington to the bubbly, with Tom Chilton coming third.

The three-horse-race was the closest HiQ Champagne Moment award ever, with Plato polling 33 per cent of the votes, Turkington 31 per cent and Chilton 28 per cent.

It is the second time Plato has scooped the bubbly, after he won HiQ’s prize from the weekend of racing at Knockhill in September, where he somehow finished second in race three, despite starting at the back of the grid.

BTCC fan Paul Leabourne, of Bournemouth, was picked at random to win a bottle of champagne and he will now win a pair of tickets to the first round of BTCC action at Thruxton.

Paul said: “Brands Hatch was a phenomenal weekend. I had a great time along with thousands of other fans, and it was a tough one to vote on.

“Colin Turkington’s driving was exquisite to win the driver’s title, but I had to go for Jason. Three wins were just incredible and if anyone was going to catch Colin, he was the man.”

HiQ’s BTCC marketing manager Geraldine McGovern said: “What way to bring the curtain down on our Champagne Moment Awards. The racing at Brands was just spectacular and it is great that we can recognise Jason for his amazing efforts.”

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