Team BMR's Jason Plato laments his race two puncture, which ultimately derailed what was heading to be a vintage weekend at Brands Hatch for the double BTCC-champion.

The 88-time winner had looked set to make it 89 BTCC victories until a dramatic puncture heading into Paddock Hill bend suddenly ended his race two hopes. At the point of his tyre deflating, Plato was easily controlling things in the lead of the race to the tune of almost four-seconds.

Prior to the second encounter, Plato had already qualified his Volkswagen CC into third position before converting his grid slot into a podium finish from the first race.

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The Plato/BMR Volkswagen combination - along with Colin Turkington and Aron Smith - looks to be a potent weapon during this season's BTCC campaign following a huge winter of development for Warren Scott's Hertfordshire based squad.

"Yeah - just a genuine puncture through debris," Plato told crash.net. "It was a sharp cut in the tyre probably caused by a piece of flint or metal, which has caused the tyre to deflate.

"That's what I felt through the final corner [Clearways] on the lap it went. Then of course it deflated by the time I got to Paddock Hill bend so there wasn't much I could do when I jumped on the brakes.

"Yeah, we're obviously pleased with the pace up until that point but it's destroyed our weekend. Unfortunately there is no other way to gloss it, that's fact."

The timing for Plato's race two exit couldn't have come at a worse moment as the BMR driver was scheduled to run the bogie soft tyre for race three.

Thanks to the cold weather and track conditions, the soft Dunlop rubber proved almost impossible to optimise, although Honda's Matt Neal did manage to get a handle of the tyre to win the third race.

Following race two, Plato - who started from the back in race three - had already predicted an uphill struggle in salvaging any points from the final encounter.

"Starting from the back end of the grid on the soft tyre with too many cars in front, we probably won't score any points. Just one of those things I'm afraid," said Plato.

"It's not about being up, down, optimistic or pessimistic; it is factual. We'll be lucky to score one point. That's pretty s**t.

"I've been around long enough where you can put ticks in the good luck box. There's days when you don't have any good luck and its fine and then you have the box where you have bad luck and we ticked that box today [Sunday]."