Team BMR's Jason Plato is plotting to launch a race-winning attack in time for the second and third British Touring Car Championship races at Brands Hatch as the double-champion attempts to chase down points leader Gordon Shedden.

The Volkswagen CC qualified in sixth position ahead of today's three races with the destiny of his title hopes still out of his hands with Honda's Shedden sitting directly ahead in fourth.

Time is running out for Plato to make a resurgence in the points' battle and has effectively ruled out winning the first race as the 93-time race winner believes he's carrying too much ballast to challenge pole man Mat Jackson.

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However, Plato - who has endured a string of ill-fortune of late - reminds us that the championship still remains in a delicate situation for Team Dynamics' Shedden.

"I don't think we'll be in shape to win the first race, we're too heavy," Plato told "The Fords are too fast in a straight-line so Jackson will probably win the first race but hopefully Aron can give him a bit of hassle.

"It only takes one DNF. He [Shedden] could get puncture. Had we not had that puncture during the first round here, we'd be three-points in the lead now. It can happen. Gordon might get a clout and damage the rear suspension. That can happen, it happened to me! Anything can still happen."

Plato says the main priority for the opening race will be secure a lap-time good enough to put himself into the mix for a win during the second race.

"Race two and three, maybe. We've got to make sure we get up to the sharp end of the grid. See if we can do a really good lap time in race one, which will hopefully put us up the front in race two," Plato continued.

"We've just got to get stuck in and see what we can pull out of the bag."