Plato Hopes Muller Wins Title

Jason Plato has surprised the BTCC paddock by saying he hopes arch-rival Yvan Muller wins this year's British Touring Car Championship title, instead of countryman Matt Neal or Dan Eaves

Plato Hopes Muller Wins Title

Vauxhall driver Muller is 16 points behind Team Halfords Honda driver Neal in the current standings, with Plato in a distant fourth in his Seat and having already admitted defeat.

Plato believes that Muller - who he fell out with when they fought for the 2001 title as Vauxhall teammates - deserves to succeed because the Frenchman has driven better than Neal.

"Matt Neal might not like this but he's not in the same league as Yvan Muller," Plato said. "Yvan is in a different class and, if he was in that Honda, he'd have been much quicker than Matt and long gone. Matt's car is so good he's nowhere near the limit in the races, whereas Yvan's always on the ragged edge.

"If it goes down to the last lap at Brands Hatch in October I'd put money on Yvan. I'm not taking anything away from Team Halfords and what they've built - it's a fabulous car. But Matt really should have had the title sewn up by now.

"I'd like to see Yvan win because he's put in stellar performances every time he's got in the car. If Team Halfords loses the championship or lets Yvan get a whiff of a chance, then more fool them."

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