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Plato - "race one is my best chance of victory"

Friday, September 30 2011

Jason Plato arrives at Brands Hatch this weekend (1/2) for the penultimate Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship round outwardly unconfident of victory. However, the history books would suggest that he has much to smile about, including a dominant weekend on the Indy loop back in April.

Perhaps the long back straight of the Grand Prix section is playing on his mind, as he certainly doesn't hold high hopes on the outside. "It is make or break time", Plato said. "The championship is mathematically possible but it is extremely unlikely. I will need to have a monumental weekend at Brands Hatch and for the Hondas to suffer a few problems."

Two wins back in April confirmed him as a favourite for the 2011 title but several incidents in the following rounds didn't help his cause. Since then he has been very vocal about the equivalency formula, which sees his normally-aspirated Chevrolet up against the turbo-powered Hondas, Fords and Vauxhalls. Whilst Plato's recent strategy has been to concentrate on each weekend at a time, he has his eye on the bigger picture and despite several rule breaks in his favour, it seems he is still not satisfied. "With the championship finishing at Silverstone which will benefit the turbo cars, it is going to be difficult for us", he continued.

Plato's weekend plan has usually been to qualify well and race from the front and Brands Hatch will be no exception, as he explains: "I know we will have a great chassis for the corners but we will have to see if that is enough to counteract the turbo cars on the straights - I think race one is my best chance of a race victory. Driving on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit is something I will grasp with both hands - it's a fantastic circuit and most definitely one of my favourites. It is a circuit where you are always chasing car set up so it is a real challenge."         

He certainly seems fired up for the front row. However the Hondas are sure to be there too and with both Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden chasing the championship, is he worried about being swamped by his rivals? "I can't predict the future but I'm the same as Shedden and Neal", he explained. "We are manufacturer drivers and I will be driving accordingly like they will be to win races."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit (1-2 October) are available on the gate for £12 on Saturday and £30 on Sunday, with free entry for children 12 and under. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.