• Apr 6th 2009 at 3:01PM
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Those of you familiar with Fifth Gear have undoubtedly enjoyed Tiff Needell and Jason Plato's powersliding shootouts, and at this weekend's British Touring Car Championship, Plato had the opportunity to show off his sideways skills at Brands Hatch.

At the beginning of the second lap, Plato was leading in his Lacetti as Jonathan Adams in the #12 BMW came up strong behind him. The two drivers entered the Paddock Hill Bend and Adams, who apparently misjudged the braking pointing, slammed into the left side of Plato's bumper, causing the Lacetti to rotate nearly 90-degrees. Plato kept the throttle planted, had the steering at full lock and was able to recover from the slide with the kind of minimalist drama only a seasoned veteran (in a front-driver) can deliver.

The BTCC organizers eventually penalized Adams four seconds, delivering the win to Plato. Check the video of Jason's epic save after the jump.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      It didn't hurt that he had a bend coming up that turned in the correct direction either. Totally brilliant save though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1. To those teenagers who think they are great drivers... call me back when they can do this. I'm very impressed and those are some incredible skills I cannot achieve even in a video game.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you noticed - his wife imposes a "sex ban" if he loses. Plato is a laugh
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is that a stock engine in that Suzuki Forenza??
      • 6 Years Ago
      Danny Sullivan's 360 at Indy at something like 180mph and still beating Mario was more impressive, but this is some nice driving for sure.

      Good driving by this guy. It happened so fast there wouldn't be time to think or crap your pants. Pure Instinctual Driving. VERY NICE!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can see a lot of you have never watched BTCC.

      Anyways, Jason is an ace driver and i was real happy when he finally got a BTCC crown in the Vauxhall but nothing compared to his Renault Super Touring II days.

      Great thing bringing up Ivan Muller.

      Here's the best ever BTCC race. 1999 Snetterton at night.


      (Notice that SpeedVison when it still existed showed BTCC)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow that was an amazing save!
      • 6 Years Ago
      THAT is how you drive
      • 6 Years Ago
      The only correction would be, he did not have the steering at full lock. He held on for a minimal correction kept good speed for a drift with a result of only losing one place by keeping the revs up.

      Full lock would of put him into the corner at a wrong angle and left him off track.

      A excellent save by any standards and quick thinking to not over react.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now THAT'S how you 4 wheel drift a corner!
      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG , I can wait till next season of fifthgear begins!!!

      Jason Plato is AWESOME
        • 6 Years Ago
        Meh. I've seen the exact same save on the exact same corner at least a half dozen times. Those FWD cars have awesome diffs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        TexRob - you're exactly right. In one of the shots, you definitely see smoke from Plato's wheels BEFORE Adams taps him on the bumper. Regardless, it was still some excellent driving to save the car.
        • 6 Years Ago

        "FWD do not drift. We power slide!"

        That would be drift. FWD's can't power slide... because there's no power at the rear wheels to make them slide. Think about it for a minute.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ tankd0g
        FWD do not drift. We power slide!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think he meant "differentials" not.. "drifts"....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh yah, because when you're in front, you have to remember to drive the car behind you as well.

        This type of race is all about contact, but it's kinda stupid to say it was his own fault that he got rear-ended. No, not "kinda stupid", *really* stupid.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I find the frequency with which people call other people stupid is inversely proportional to their own level of intelligence. In other words, what the hell are you talking about? If the car in front locks its wheels because of over braking, I don't think the driver behind should be penalized when he taps the front car. And certainly, the race shouldn't be decided on that basis.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I can't believe this is at two pages and no comments about the incident? At first I thought the BMW driver was at fault, but that side shot clearly shows Plato locked up coming in too hot for his comfort level causing the BMW to hit him.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Reminds of me Tiff's completely sideways "drift" in the B7 RS4 in that Fifth Gear episode where they pit it against the E46 M3 CSL.


      Terrific save by Plato...they dude can drive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thought first post got tangled in the interwebs. Sorry for doubling up.
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