MOTORSPORT: Dual-winner Plato calls for changes to the rules

Jason Plato celebrates his first victory at Snetterton

Jason Plato celebrates his first victory at Snetterton

First published in Sport
Last updated

Jason Plato has played down his hopes of challenging for the British Touring Car Championship title, despite securing two wins at Snetterton, claiming his MG is nearing the end of its development curve, whereas the rear-wheel drive BMW still has more to come.

The Oxford driver was in imperious form last weekend at Snetterton, the KX Clubcard Fuel Save car easing to pole position before taking two victories and a fourth place finish come Sunday.

The MG man’s double victory was his first BTCC top step finish since Donington back in April and has seen him rise to third in the standings, albeit still 43 points off Colin Turkington’s lead However, despite his Snetterton success Plato remains pessimistic about his chances of ousting Turkington, given he is already extracting the maximum out of his front-wheel drive MG.

“I think the difference is, the races where we scored big last year, we’ve been beaten by Colin,” he said.

“There’s nothing left in the tank. There are no big gains to come from anyone.

“If you don’t quite nail it in qualifying then you’re further down the grid than you would have been last year. We still need Colin to to go into the fence.”

Plato has been one of the most vocal drivers regarding the current state of the TOCA regulations.

“We’re not allowed to change anything,” he said.

“Over than a tickle here, tickle there, we’ve done all that before. We are where we are.

“We’ve got a slightly different thought process for the rest of the year in terms of how we move the car. But there are no eureka moments – I wish there were.

“We’re approaching the buffers on what we can change and the next step – well there isn’t a next step forward unless they allow us to make changes.

The next round of is at Knockhill, Scotland on August 23-24.

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Latest Sport news

Oxford United top scorer out to surpass his highest goals mark

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Friday 30th January 2015

DANNY Hylton is reluctant to make predictions about his scoring tally but acknowledged he would be disappointed if this season was not the best of his career in front of goal.

Interactive graphic: Get ready for kick off of Stevenage v Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

12:40pm Friday 30th January 2015

Oxford United travel to Stevenage tomorrow and here are all our stories previewing the match in an interactive graphic.

Oxford United new signing Richard Brindley raring to get stuck in

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 30th January 2015

RICHARD Brindley is raring to make his Oxford United debut at Stevenage tomorrow after joining on loan yesterday.

Appleton: Oxford United's window shopping may go to the wire

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 30th January 2015

AS hard as Oxford United have worked to avoid doing business on transfer deadline day, head coach Michael Appleton is preparing to be involved in Monday night’s rush.

James Roberts sets sights on new goal target for Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 30th January 2015

JAMES Roberts is aiming to reach double figures for goals before the end of his first season as a professional.

Oxford United's John Campbell waiting on Roofing extension

Oxford Mail:

8:40am Friday 30th January 2015

JOHN Campbell’s career at Oxford United rests on whether Jarrow Roofing are willing to agree a delay over receiving a fee for the striker.

Westley highlights Oxford United's January investments

Oxford Mail:

8:20am Friday 30th January 2015

STEVENAGE boss Graham Westley says Oxford United’s movements in the January transfer window show they “mean business”.

RUGBY: To'oala suspension adds to Chinnor woes

Oxford Mail:

8:10am Friday 30th January 2015

SKIPPER Alfie To’oala’s suspension and continuing run of injuries has led to Chinnor making numerous changes for their National 2 South match at home to Launceston tomorrow.

FOOTBALL: Boss Merritt backing Oxford City to end Tamworth's winning streak

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 30th January 2015

Oxford City general manager Justin Merritt is confident his side can overcome their recent poor form when they host high-flying Tamworth tomorrow afternoon, writes Matthew Bruce.

RUGBY UNION: Grove earn home draw in Oxfordshire Cup

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

8:00am Friday 30th January 2015

Grove's reward for their 27-9 victory over last season’s runners-up Banbury in the first round of the Oxfordshire Cup, is a home draw with Chinnor 2nd in the semi-finals.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree