Plato compliments tyre strategy en route to Race 3 podium

Two-time champion Jason Plato complimented the team’s approach on tyre conservation¬†with a P2 finish after a year out from the BTCC.

The championship’s most successful driver Jason Plato made his return to the British Touring Car Championship by securing a podium finish at the Thruxton opener.

During Race 3, the weather at Thruxton was alternating and evolving from the optimum wet and dry conditions.

“We were convinced our game plan was to just look after the wet tyre in the early stages,” he said after securing his P2 spot.

“And then I thought it might dry out a little bit and then I thought it would rain towards the end and we got that right. I think because our strategy was to look after the (wet) tyre, I was really strong towards the end of the race…really pleased with that.”

Plato only just edged in front of Jake Hill by 0.070s at the checkered flag – Round 3, Thruxton – Credit: BTCC

The 52-year-old made his last appearance at the end of the 2019 season scoring a victory at the Brands Hatch finale.

It was only his second appearance on the podium that season but had been finishing in the top-10 on a regular basis thus secured a ninth in the overall drivers’ standings.

Plato continued: “We’ve had a solid weekend, we scored solid points.

“I’m back in-tune in the car again and I understand and feel exactly what it’s feeling…about what little, small changes can make the little differences which we need over the course [of] the weekend.”

Plato sits second in the championship after bringing a strong points haul from his P6, P5 and P2 finishing positions across the weekend.

Even so, he will be keen to build the momentum with an equally confident and consistent performance at the following Snetterton and Brands Hatch Indy race weekends.