Jason Plato expects Silverstone BTCC struggle

British Touring Car star Jason Plato believes all the title contenders will struggle at Silverstone this weekend

Jason Plato expects Silverstone BTCC struggle

The MG driver currently lies third in the standings, behind Honda's Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal.

Due to the laptime-based equalisation system used in the series this year, the Honda Civics have been allowed to use less turbo boost than most rivals and have been among the slowest cars in a straight line.

Plato's MG6 has also not been fast on the straights in recent races, despite proving competitive overall.

After struggling at the season finale last year in the underpowered Chevrolet Cruze, Plato believes this weekend will also be tough.

"It's a big concern," the two-time champion told AUTOSPORT. "I've had first-hand experience of being at Silverstone in a championship fight with a horsepower disadvantage.

"If there's a chance of overtaking we won't be able to because other cars will just pull away.

"It'll be a frustrating weekend for me, [team-mate] Andy [Neate] and the Hondas.

"It also means the chances of me scoring big points are limited and I need to score big to catch up."

Plato is currently 32 points behind Shedden and 29 behind Neal with six races left to run.

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