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:
1. Matt Neal, 255
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."