MG's Jason Plato says he leaves the opening BTCC round at Brands Hatch satisfied with his weekends work but maintains he and his team must iron the issues that hampered his second race.

Plato currently lies fifth in the title chase just nine points adrift reigning champion Andrew Jordan following two podiums and a 14th place finish at the Brands Indy circuit.

The former-double champion was forced to re-boot his gremlin hit MG6 after stalling from second position on the race two grid, falling to the rear of the pack in the process.

"I firmly believe we'd have had 17 points in race two and that would mean we would be leading the championship now, so we can't afford to throw points like that away," Plato told crash.net.

"I don't blame anyone, we win as team and lose as a team, and so we have to find out why we keep having these problems. Because problems like that will be the one thing that stops us winning, not the pace.

"We've got a car that's quick enough, what we've got to do is pull all our efforts in understanding why we keep having gremlins."

Plato also put his stunning race three comeback to grab the final step of the rostrum down to his 888 squad understanding the soft tyre better than in previous seasons.

"Our performance on the soft tyre has never been that good," said Plato.

"The developments over the winter have been geared to making the soft tyres work as well as working on the other areas and judging by our performance in race three we are the quickest car on the soft rubber.

"OK, we didn't have ballast on so maybe that's a bit unfair but the main thing is we're not falling off the cliff by destroying the front tyre.

"So I think we're in great shape and I'm very confident that this team will give me to tools and the car to achieve great things. In the round, dead chuft to have ended the day as we have."

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