MG's Jason Plato
believes his chances of clinching this season's BTCC title is now a 'long shot' with the former champ sitting 62 points behind Andrew Jordan
going into Silverstone.
Plato's position in the title race has faltered during the second half of the season after scoring just two-podiums out of a possible twelve which has seen the Triple 8 man fall to fifth in the standings – his MG's fallibilities in the wet putting him on the back foot once again.
Plato says his he now turning his focus on purely adding to his victory tally as the 45-year old chases 100 victories within the BTCC – an 80th victory seemingly looking on the cards on a circuit which should suit his MG.
“The championship is a long shot for us, so my target has to be to push my victory total towards the 100 mark,” said Plato.
“I love big shiny trophies and big bottles of champagne – that makes me very happy.
“Silverstone is a really tough circuit because it is so short and that means the order can get mixed up and one of the important things will be the aerodynamics of the cars, which will play to our strengths.”
Plato's MG team mate Sam Tordoff, however, remains wary of the threat that the rest of the field pose despite the Hondas heading to Silverstone carrying hefty success ballast.
“We know that the circuit isn't particularly suited to Honda, but there will be lots of other competitions,” said Tordoff.
“The BMWs aren't short of boost, the Audi will be good and you can't discount the Fords, either. It is a circuit that is all about turbo boost really and that means we will have competition from all directions.”