MG and Jason Plato back in BTCC running
TV presenter and double BTCC champion, Jason Plato is back in contention for this year's title after a strong showing at Snetterton,
The top three drivers are within 10 points of each other, with the top of the drivers table as follows:
2. Gordon Shedden, 247
3. Jason Plato, 245
Plato said, "I couldn't have asked for much more...what's encouraging is the MG is really starting to come alive at a crucial stage of the season. In fact I think it's going to be strong at all four remaining rounds so it's game on."
Certainly it would be quite a PR coup if MG were to win a driver's championship in the BTCC. Despite a lot of talk about resurrecting MG in the UK over the last five years, there is not that much evidence on the ground. A sporting victory would give the company something tangible to talk about – and MG is not a million miles behind Honda in the constructor's championship (458 points v 567 points).
Conversely, it was a very bad weekend for Honda, as Matt Neal finished eighth and Gordon Shedden endured both a fire in the car and an exclusion for a technical infringement. Neal commented: "We knew we were on the back foot after qualifying and so it proved on race day. It's been a case of damage limitation and the spin in race three after contact from Wrathall did me no favours."
Dalgety Bay's Shedden, said: "I've clearly done something to someone, what with the fire and then the exclusion – without that I'd have been leading the table, and it was also very cruel on the team who'd performed miracles to give me a race-ready car after the fire."