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Lewis Plato finishes second in Radical Clubman's Cup championship
5:15pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
LEWIS Plato bagged a class win and second place in the Radical Clubman’s Cup championship.
Plato lost valuable points in his outside chance of the title after qualifying fourth for the first race and second for the final race.
The Billericay driver moved up to third off the grid and then claimed second from Steve Burgess by going round the outside at Riches on the opening lap at Snetterton.
The intervention of the safety car wiped out Jesper Westerholm’s lead and let Plato attack the Swedish driver. Plato got by Westerholm at the Montreal hair-pin but the Radical PR6 driver regained the same place two laps later and held on to win by 0.4 seconds.
Plato started the final race in second spot alongside polesitter Burgess and got past the driver from Nottingham at Riches. Westerholm and fellow Swede Oskar Kruger also overtook Burgess to set up a three-way fight at the front. Westerholm got by his countryman on the fourth lap but Plato resisted his challenge to win by just under a second.
The Mectech driver was left ruing not qualifying higher but was satisfied with his season.
“It wasn’t a bad session but had just started to spit with rain,” said Plato. “Then I missed out on a quick last lap, but overall I was fairly happy and quite confident. “The safety car helped me get the lead in the first race but the PR6 had more pace on the straights. When I had the lead I tried to defend, but couldn’t make the break.
“In the second race I got a good start and the rain threats made it exciting. It was a fantastic end to the year too.”