Jason Plato insists he has 'nothing to lose' heading into the seventh round of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Knockhill this weekend after conceding that his chances of lifting the title are all but over.
Plato qualified on pole at Snetterton last time out, but saw his hopes of a strong weekend in Norfolk effectively end on the opening lap of race one when he was involved in contact with Colin Turkington and forced to retire.
It means the Racing Silverline driver now lies some 56 points behind Turkington in the standings, but despite there being twelve races still to run, the 2001 champion admitted he hopes of a second crown were slim.
“There might be four race meetings and twelve races left in this year's series, but I'm 56 points behind Colin Turkington and I know I can't bridge that gap,” Plato wrote in his regular column for Sun Sport Online
. “Not unless he and Fabrizio have a disaster at Knockhill, which I don't really expect to happen.
“I've got nothing to lose and I'm going to try to win every race between now and the end of the season. Fighting talk? Absolutely it is.
“I think my Racing Silverline Chevrolet will be very competitive at Knockhill. It's got a great chassis to handle the kerbs and, unlike other cars I've raced there in recent years, it's got the power to accelerate out of the final hairpin and over the start/finish line.
“I won two out of the three races there last year, so I'll be out to do at least the same again, that's for sure.”