Team BMR's Jason Plato has questioned whether some of the new BTCC rules are doing more harm than good following the Donington Park round.

Plato took his 89th career BTCC victory at Donington Park last weekend, which was also his first success for the Team BMR squad since leaving Triple Eight Engineering last season.

The double-champion backed that up with two further top-eight results at the Leicestershire circuit that now moves him up into fifth in the championship standing after two race weekends so far.

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But what Plato has seen so far this season has left the Volkswagen driver pondering whether the new soft tyre rules, along with the increase in success ballast, is damaging the spectacle rather than improving the show.

"I understand why their doing it but I think that the fact you have to run that tyre, three times in race one and three times in race three just screws everything up potentially," Plato told

"When I've got the soft tyre on and my mindset is 'let's get home'. And nobody who has the soft tyre on is in the mindset of racing and I don't think that's right.

"Look at Andy [Priaulx] when he put the soft tyre on at Brands Hatch, he may as well not have been in the race. Same as Matt [Neal] here at Donington, is that what we want to see? I'm not sure.

"The soft tyre doesn't work. It's a penalty; it's like running with square wheels!"

Despite his concerns with the rules, Plato took great delight in taking his first BTCC victory in Volkswagen colours, atoning for his Brands Hatch disappointment.

"A great weekend for me, great weekend for the team but I think it should have been three wins for the team. Aron [Smith] didn't quite get it right in race three," Plato continued.

"We're in good shape honestly. The cars are fast and the team is working well together, I'm pleased."