Although it saw its title hopes virtually came to an end at Silverstone, SEAT Sport UK still had reason to celebrate following the penultimate rounds of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship after taking its 100th podium finish.
Plato, who took SEAT's first podium with his victory in the opening meeting of the 2004 season, brought up the milestone in the first race of the weekend as he stormed to a lights-to-flag win, while team-mate Darren Turner took podium 101 as he finished third.
The landmark podium also saw SEAT continue an impressive run of form which has seen it take to the podium in almost 70 per cent of the races it had contested, while the Spanish manufacturer is the fifth most successful in the history of the series – despite having been in the BTCC for less time than many of its rivals.
"When you consider that SEAT Sport UK has been competing in the BTCC for such a relatively short period of time, we are the fifth most successful manufacturer in the fifty year history of the series and during our five years we have set several milestones - another one of which is breaking the hundred podium barrier," SEAT UK motorsport manager Scott Dennis said. "We have finished on the podium in six-nine percent of the BTCC races we have contested, and that is a remarkable achievement.
"And we continue to be competitive; in qualifying at Silverstone we locked out the front row of the grid for the fourth consecutive race weekend and with Jason picking up a point for pole, we were confident of closing the deficit in the Drivers' standings on Fabrizio Giovanardi. We achieved that in race one, reducing the gap from forty-one to thirty points, but because of the greasy track conditions, which admittedly was the same for everybody, Jason suffered increasing understeer in both races and we lost the points we'd gained.
"It was still a great team effort and we can move on to Brands Hatch looking forward to ending the season with more race wins."