Motor racing: Tasty double helping for leader Menu

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Alain Menu took his Williams- run Renault Laguna to another pair of British Touring Car Championship victories at Silverstone yesterday, writes Gwyn Dolphin.

"It may have looked easy, but it wasn't. I backed off a little too much in the first race but I knew what I had to do," said the Swiss driver, who has won all four rounds so far.

Menu cantered home in the first race, only having to speed up when Rickard Rydell brought his Volvo S40 on to the leader's tail. Rydell also challenged in the second race, but was thwarted again and now trails Menu (second- race average-lap speed 95.86mph) by 25 points.

Menu's team-mate, Jason Plato, had an eventful afternoon. He was on pole for the first race but stalled on the grid and finished 10th. In the second race he came home third, only to be disqualified for tangling with Kelvin Burt's Volvo. Renault's appeal, however, fell on sympathetic ears and Plato was reinstated.

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