Team BMR's Jason Plato was pleased to outscore British Touring Car Championship leader Gordon Shedden during the Brands Hatch opener but feels he missed a golden opportunity to place himself higher up the race two grid order.

Plato marginally closed in on Shedden by trimming the Honda driver's championship lead by a single point after the pair made small contact on the opening lap at Surtees for fifth position.

That was as high as Plato was able to climb and subsequently spent the remainder of the race glued behind the boot-lid of his BMR team mate and defending champion Colin Turkington.

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"We did the best that we could but we could have had more points there if some members played the proper team game there but, alas, they didn't," said Plato.

"It's a bit frustrating really because I had good pace but every time I tried to string a good lap together, Colin [Turkington] got in the way.

"Being stuck behind Colin probably cost me four-tenths. I could have top-four, that would have been a bit sexy but alas it's not."

The 93-time race winner opted to run the soft Dunlop compound for the first race and said the two safety car periods helped him to preserve the life of his tyre's.

"I think the two safety car periods helped a lot. I was just driving underneath the soft tyre. It had good performance at the end but that's the thing with the soft tyre, you never know how long it will last and when it does go it drops off a cliff," Plato continued.

"I was mindful of that and was trying to look after the best that I could. I could have probably gone a little bit quicker and generally had more pace than Colin [Turkington]. I'm relatively pleased with that."