Double British Touring Car champion Jason Plato says the slick Team BMR repair work of his damaged Volkswagen CC during the first race at Rockingham could be prove to be a 'season defining moment'.

The 93-time race winner hit trouble almost immediately when contact between Josh Cook and Tom Ingram sent Ingram's Toyota Avensis into the rear of Plato at the second corner, which left his Volkswagen CC with a broken right-rear toe link and over half of the lap to limp back to the pits.

Plato's race looked over but a masterfully coordinated piece of pit-work from his Team BMR mechanics managed to prevent the 47-year old from going three laps down - meaning he could complete the necessary percentage of distance, in order to be classified.

The Team BMR driver went on to set the twelfth fastest lap of the race, which allowed him to finish seventh in race two before putting himself in the mix for the final reverse grid encounter.

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"That's what motor racing is like. We were staying out of everyone's way and you get clouted out but that's what can happen. It was a bit frustrating really because we had pace," Plato told crash. net.

"The story of today [Sunday] isn't about me. It's about my mechanics because what they did in race one to turn the car around, change that part in one-and-half laps, which kept us in the race was very special.

"The boys will look back at the end of the year and will recognise what they achieved in race one will be a pivotal moment."

Plato repaid his Team BMR squad by winning a memorable final race at Rockingham - after defeating Ingram in an epic duel - to reduce Gordon Shedden's championship lead to just six-points.

As the title fight nears its climax, Plato is confident that the remaining two rounds at Silverstone and Brands Hatch GP will play towards the strengths of the Volkswagen and, indeed, himself.

"Out of the three events, Rockingham was the one where Honda was going to be better than us I think. Silverstone should really suit our package but it will also suit the MG's," Plato continued.

"I think we'll have a quicker package than Honda and then we'll get to Brands Hatch GP. There's no one faster around there than me - it's another Oulton Park for me. We will be on the button there. It's going to be a good fight, isn't it?"