Jason Plato admitted he was frustrated by a missed opportunity to pick up strong points as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship resumed at Snetterton.

The MG driver was expected to be the man to beat given the performance of the team in testing at the circuit last month, with the double champion then topping free practice before qualifying alongside team-mate Sam Tordoff on the front row of the grid.

Plato duly followed his team-mate home in the first race to take second place but looked set to go one better when he jumped into the lead in race two, only to then be forced into retirement by fuel pump issues.

Race three would also end in disappointment when he dramatically rolled out on the opening lap, losing a place in the championship standings in the process.

"We came here expecting big results, and ended up with lady luck dealing us a very poor hand," he said. "I am annoyed with the failure in race two because it was a part mandated by the championship that broke - it's nothing to do with the team or anything we can control.

"The crash in race three was one of those things, I was trying to avoid a crash and that caused me to go off the road. It looked dramatic and I will be a bit sore for the next few days but I am ok.

"It is going to make things a big uphill battle in terms of the championship now, but I am not going to stop fighting. Motor racing isn't meant to be easy."


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