Jason Plato: “Shedden Might Need Some Bad Luck”


Jason Plato says that sixth on the grid was the best he could have achieved in qualifying for the final three rounds of the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, adding that anything could still happen on Sunday at Brands Hatch.

The Team BMR man sits 23 points adrift of championship leader Gordon Shedden heading into the trio of encounters tomorrow, qualifying sixth on Saturday and two places behind his Honda Yuasa Racing rival.

“It was about the best we could have done to be honest”, Plato told The Checkered Flag after qualifying.

“Maybe there’s another half a tenth in it, but certainly it seemed as though there wasn’t anything left on the table for us. That’s about where our pace is.”

Jason Plato Brands 2015 1With a trio of BMR cars inside the top six, Plato was confident that the car will be strong in race trim on Sunday, adding: “Set-up wise, I think we’ve done the best we could.

“The car balance is good. I could have probably done with maybe a little bit less understeer, but everybody could say that because you can never have a perfect car.”

Plato has been a double race winner in the final meeting of both of the last two BTCC seasons, but added that it is fruitless trying to formulate a plan for how to approach the final three races tomorrow.

The BMR driver looked set for victory in the second race of the season at the same Kent circuit back in April but for a puncture preventing it, the double champion admitting that he may need bad luck to hit Shedden on Sunday to aid his title challenge.

“I’ve been in this game a long time to know that there’s no such thing as a crystal ball”, Plato commented on tomorrow’s potential permutations.

“You can make all the plans in the world, but there’s no crystal ball so you just have to take it as it comes.

“Gordon might have a little bit of bad luck, and I need him to.”