2015 British Touring Car Championship runner-up Jason Plato has congratulated Gordon Shedden on winning a second career title in the series following a spectacular final day showdown at Brands Hatch.

The Team BMR driver started the season finale 23-points behind Team Dynamics rival and came agonisingly close to snatching the title away from Shedden but, despite Plato's defiance, the Scot held on by just four-points.

Plato did everything he needed to do during the final race and took his sixth win of the year ahead of Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson but a champion's fightback from 19th to 4th for Shedden was enough to deny the Volkswagen runner the crown.

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Magnanimous in defeat, Plato commended Shedden's season long performance, which has seen the Honda driver draw level with the 94-time race winner on two BTCC titles.

"I'm not taking anything away from Gordon, he's driven brilliantly all season. Especially with maximum ballast. He's rescued weekends and is a thoroughly deserved champion, full stop," Plato told Crash.net.

Assessing his first year with the Volkswagen squad, Plato believes Team BMR are now a force to reckoned with but said a string of ill-fortune was the only that stood in his way of claiming a third title.

Team BMR come away from 2015 having wrapped up three titles despite still being a relatively new BTCC team.

"I'm pretty pleased what we've managed to do to this team. Team BMR is a brilliant outfit now. We are a force to be reckoned with. OK, we didn't win it this year but we could have done and should have won it today if other things happened, but they didn't," Plato continued.

"We had too many bits of bad luck this year, if I'm honest. That's what I'll think about. A puncture here and we should have won it. OK, you can turn around and say Gordon [Shedden] had a terrible second race but we've had puncture after puncture from not being involved in any incidents."