Double British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato has given himself a fighting chance of claiming a third title in the series after slashing Gordon Shedden's once healthy points advantage by almost half ahead of the season deciding showdown at Brands Hatch.

In keeping with the 2015 season's compelling storyline, the title race took yet another dramatic twist when points leader Shedden encountered trouble during race 29 of the 30 round campaign - meaning the title will go down to the wire.

While Shedden limped home to 19th, Plato took full advantage of his adversary's woes and picked up ten hugely critical points to reduce to just 12.

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Boosting Plato's cause, the Team BMR driver will start the reverse race three grid from the front row alongside his long-term nemesis Matt Neal - adding yet another intriguing dimension to the climax of the season.

A hugely motivated Plato is relishing the prospect of fighting toe-to-toe with his fierce rival Neal while Shedden must finish in fifth to guarantee himself the crown.

"It's quite a good end to the day isn't it? It might be a great end for me and it might not," Plato told Crash.net. "It might also be a great end for Matt [Neal], I don't know. The punters are going to get to see something quite fun I suppose!

"Whether I win or lose it matters not. It ain't going to change my life. If I win it, it won't change my life and if I come second, it wont change my life. But f*** I want to win it!"

Despite Plato's odds for the title vastly improving as the day has gone on, the 47-year old admits he can't help but feel his fight for the crown could have been made easier if the team orders imposed had been properly abided by.

"I don't know what happened with Gordon [Shedden] and why he didn't make any progress. We're still in it and, now, it's very easy to sit back and look at the position we could have been in without the punctures and incidents," Plato continued.

"Also, if team orders had been imposed and we'd been working like the Honda team by backing likely contender we'd be even more points up the road but we're not. We're 12 points behind so we've got to wait and see what we can do. If we can get in there, you never know!"