Jason Plato says he will be focusing his attentions on finishing ahead of the Hondas at Silverstone this weekend having all-but-conceded he won't overhaul BTCC champion-elect Colin Turkington for the drivers' crown.

The MG driver rose to second position in the BTCC standings after Rockingham, but with two rounds and six races remaining he faces a 55 point deficit to Turkington.

Furthermore, Plato says that while the points' advantage is one thing, he feels the benefit of Turkington's rear-wheel drive BMW 1-Series means he is now almost a shoo-in for the 2014 title.

"There's not a lot we can do to neutralise him, all we can do is focus on ourselves and do our very best. Colin is way out ahead in terms of points, weight corrected qualifying/race pace and start line performance. I'm the only driver to have genuinely beaten Colin since Thruxton.

"He has won every race one and two apart from when I beat him at Snetterton and then when he had his grid penalty at Knockhill. Whilst we may be quicker this weekend, I still see him ahead of the others."

As a result, Plato says he will be doing everything in his power to ensure MG remains ahead of sole rivals Honda in the manufacturers' standings, having nosed ahead by 22 points at Rockingham.

"The target for Silverstone is simply to win races and score more points than the Honda Team. I need to increase my buffer to Shedden for second place in the Driver's championship and then we also must increase the lead we have in the Manufacturer's championship and shut out Honda. I was surprised to see the Hondas suffering at Rockingham; it looked to me as if lady luck wasn't with them."

Since returning to BTCC in 2012, the Chinese-owned British MG company has not yet managed to beat Honda to a manufacturers' title.



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