British Touring Car Championship points leader Gordon Shedden is refusing to dismiss the danger Jason Plato can pose despite the Team BMR driver struggling with engine issues in tenth at Silverstone.

Going into today's first race, six-points separates Shedden and Plato but the Honda driver also has the advantage of starting from second while the 93-time winner's Volkswagen CC starts in tenth.

Plato and Team BMR had been tipped to be the package to beat around the power dependent Silverstone circuit but the double champion admitted that a small engine issue is pegging his Volkswagen CC back.

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Nevertheless, Shedden says Plato's rise back up the order after his Rockingham woes shows anything is still possible in this season's enthralling title race.

"There's a lot of racing [six races] still to go. It's not over. He'll [Plato] come through. We've seen that at Rockingham," Shedden told crash.net.

"He failed to score in race one and came through to win race three. There are a lot of different ways to score points in this championship."

Along with Shedden and Plato, it looks set to be a straight four-way Team BMR vs Honda duel for the title with triple champion Matt Neal and reigning champion Colin Turkington also sitting third and fourth in the standings.