PLATO TAKES TITLE IN FRENETIC RDWAD FINALE
Sunday’s (14 June) Race Day with a Difference finale saw Jason Plato take the title in the unique series, following a spellbinding day jam-packed with classic BTCC encounters.
The streaming feature, which saw fans decide which three races would be shown during each event, has collected more than six million impressions over the championship’s official social media channels, clearly fulfilling its aim to provide fans with entertainment in the form of BTCC racing action during the first five postponed events of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
Heading into the final event of the series saw Adam Morgan leading the standings after Round 12, however, the day would see several changes of position before the title holder could be confirmed.
Round 13 kicked off the day with Aron Smith’s 2014 win at Oulton Park, which saw Smith move up to tenth in the standings. Unfortunately for Morgan, the race took part in a year which he didn’t take part in the BTCC – showing the ruthless nature of points-scoring in the RDWAD series, as Plato took the top spot from the Lancashire-born driver.
An unfortunate incident in which Plato’s MG caught fire in race two’s 2013 excursion saw the Oxfordshire driver drop back to third place, behind Morgan and Andrew Jordan, and on the same number of points at Colin Turkington.
Plato’s luck was in for the third and final race of the day, as the Hondas of Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden found themselves in a final corner inter-team skirmish back in 2011, allowing the final win of the RDWAD series to be awarded to Plato.
Jordan’s race two win resulted in the 31-year-old concluding the series second in the standings, a mere two points behind Plato.
The RDWAD finale additionally saw a lot of interaction from key protagonists, including round 13 winner Smith and, of course, RDWAD title-holder Plato.
That’ll do nicely !
— Jason Plato (@jasonplato) June 14, 2020
Following the conclusion of the streaming series, BTCC fans turn their attention to the ever-reducing countdown to the first official event, at Donington Park on 1/2 August, as well as the annual Snetterton tyre test on 7/8 July.
The unique RDWAD activity has, however, fulfilled its purpose, in providing racing action, a morale boost and edge-of-the-seat entertainment for fans at home during these difficult times.