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Jason Plato: "We're here to win races"

Friday, September 30 2016

Double MSA British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato aims to upstage his fellow title contenders at this weekend's (1/2 October) season finale at Brands Hatch with wins in his Subaru Levorg

At the end of a development season for Subaru, Jason finds himself in title contention for the tenth consecutive season. A 58-point deficit to title leader Sam Tordoff, however, means that he only has a mathematical chance of the title, but the 48-year-old has taken titles to the wire before, and has a stunning record on the Grand Prix circuit.

"We won't win the championship, it's just too far away and there are too many people that are a chunk ahead of us. But that's not a disappointment, we've had, in terms of our programme, we've done a great job with the car and our focus is on 2017. If we can iron out the issues, we will be the pace for next year. But what's on my agenda this weekend is to win some races."

Plato fans will remember his stunning weekend in 2009 when, faced with an impossible title chance, he won all three races and only missed out by five points.

"I guess you can draw some similarities with that," Jason said. "The championship is just a word, it doesn't meant anything to us. We're not 22-year-olds who don't know the game - we understand. But we're here to win some races, I think if we have a good qualifying tomorrow, we have a really good chance."

If not himself, Jason would like to see a former team-mate take the 2016 title. "I'd like to see Sam Tordoff win, he was a team-mate for two years at MG, but he also evolved in my KX Akademy. He's had a good year, he's put a good programme together. I didn't get the feeling he was at one with the BMW last year, but actually over the winter he's really raised his game. To come into this leading and not take it, that's really tough to swallow and I wouldn't wish that on him.

"But if I had ten pounds and you forced me to bet on it, I'd put my money on Gordon, just because he's been here before. Gordon will drive absolutely everything on the line and he won't find it difficult to do that, but the pressure might just get to Sam a little and he might play it too safe."

It's highly likely that the title will go down to the wire, and if Jason doesn't make it, but finds himself leading as he did here in last year's finale, what happens when the title contenders appear in his mirrors?

"Well I win the race, obviously!" 

Tickets for this weekend's BTCC finale at Brands Hatch on 1/2 October are available on the gate for £15 on Saturday and £33 on Sunday, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click   here.