11 September 2014
BTCC: Plato dismisses title challenge
MG's Jason Plato believes BTCC title race is over after another dominant weekend from championship leader Colin Turkington.
Triple Eight MG's Jason Plato has declared any chance of claiming a third BTCC title is over as the former double champion calls for a major rethink of the series' regulations.
Plato and MG, with the help of teammate Sam Tordoff, took four podium finishes over the Rockingham weekend with a Triple Eight two-three result in the opening two races while WSR's Colin Turkington sailed to another unchallenged double-victory.
The Triple Eight MG6 combination did arrive at Rockingham as the favoured package, and Tordoff's pole-position had seemingly verified that assumption, but Turkington's ballast laden eBay Motors 1-Series proved yet again to be a near unstoppable force.
Now 55-points adrift of Turkington, Plato admits winning the 'FWD championship' remains his only realistic goal as the KX Clubcard Fuel Save driver reiterated that his MG6 machine– which is at it's development peak – is unable to challenge the BMW's.
“I'm really pleased; we've had a great weekend,” said Plato. “We've had a second and third, been consistently the best FWD car out there and that's all we can do. We can't compete with the BMW; it's in a different championship to us. The regulations for that car are different.
“If we were allowed to do stuff to our car and make it better, we'd cut the front of our car off, cut the rear of our car off and do it properly, but we're not allowed to do that. So our hands are tied.
“My mindset is I'm leading the proper championship, which is the championship for all the other cars apart from the RWD cars, and I'm dead chuft with that. If I can finish second, I win my championship and I'll be pleased.”
Finally, Plato maintains his quarrel is not with Turkington and WSR but that of the state of the regulations and again has echoed voice in calling for greater parity and clarification of the rules for 2015.
“It's nothing to do with Colin or WSR, they've done a brilliant job and they are exploiting the regulations like they should do. It's down to the organisers to make amends,” Plato continues.
“This formula isn't about technical ability because we're not allowed to do anything. We cannot change our car. We've got what we've got and we've got what we've been given.
“This years gone, hopefully I'll win my championship but I want to know what's going on next year because this is my career, this is my job and I have a responsibility to keep all our sponsors and investors informed.
“We need to start making plans for next year, as does the rest of the grid. And as of this moment in time we must throw FWD cars in the skip, it's the death of front wheel drive. So they're going to change the regulations or are they? Somebody just has to let us know.”
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