The familiar sight of Jason Plato with a bottle of champagne was guaranteed at Silverstone before he even stepped into his car, after he won HiQ's latest champagne moment award. Hundreds of HiQ British Touring Car Championship fans voted for the charismatic crowd pleaser for his display at Knockhill earlier in the month, when he roared from the back of the grid to finish second in race three.
The performance has already been labeled as one of the best in recent BTCC history, and captured the imagination of thousands of spectators. Around 300 fans voted for the Oxford based speedster to win the prestigious award for his stunning drive and fan Laura Allan, of Scotland, was picked at random to win. Plato secured a whopping 58 per cent of fans' votes with Racing Silverline team-mate Mat Jackson second (23 per cent) and reigning champion Fabrizio Giovanardi third (11 per cent). Amazingly, it is the first time Plato has won a HiQ Champagne Moment since the award was introduced last season, despite winning countless races in between. He said: "It was a great feeling to grab that second place. The car was just fantastic, and to finish on the podium was a nice end to the weekend. "It was great to receive the HiQ champagne, which will give me a nice reminder of Knockhill." BTCC fan Laura Allan, was picked at random to win a bottle of champagne won a pair of tickets to the racing at Silverstone, and presented Jason with his prize. All spectators are invited to vote for their star performer from the racing at Silverstone. A winner will be picked and contacted on Monday September 14. The man that receives the most plaudits from the round of racing will be crowned with HiQ's Champagne Moment award and presented with a magnum of bubbly before the next race at Rockingham on September 20.