Shedden says Plato penalty should have been harsher, but does not want feud

British Touring Car frontrunner Gordon Shedden believes that Jason Plato's penalty for his race-three contact at Donington Park yesterday should have been harsher, but does not want a feud with the former champion

Shedden says Plato penalty should have been harsher, but does not want feud

Plato's MG hit Shedden at the chicane on the last lap, forcing the Honda driver off the road and allowing the MG through into second. Plato was then handed a two-second penalty for gaining an advantage, dropping him back behind Shedden.

Plato agrees with the decision, but has claimed that Shedden had been overly defending before the contact and braked early for the last chicane.

Shedden denies that and believes Plato has got away lightly. "He was pushing me for 100 metres before the braking zone, which is clear on the TV pictures, and having been hit it was my prerogative to choose where I braked," he said.

"I was defending off line and so of course I had to brake earlier, but that was the latest point I could brake and still make the corner."

Shedden believes he defended fairly prior to the contact. "I wasn't weaving about and it's up to him to find a clean way past," he added.

"I think he should have been excluded from the results. He hit me so hard I could quite easily have spun into the wall or into the gravel and not finished.

"It's totally unacceptable, but it's not going to be made into a feud between us - it's been dealt with now and we've got to go racing."

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