Jason Plato: “It’s good to be back”

Jason Plato says a weight has been lifted off of his shoulders after taking his maiden win of the season in the opening race at Knockhill.

The Team BMR driver converted his pole position into a lights-to-flag victory, with the exception a of a misjudged swap with team-mate Ashley Sutton late on.

Having endured a torrid season to-date with understeer issues hampering his performance, the double champion drew on all of his experience to claim his 96th career victory and admitted that the issues that have plagued him for so long look to have been cured.

Speaking to BTCC Crazy at the podium, Plato said: “It is great to be back on the top step of the podium, it really feels like a weight has been lifted off mine and the teams shoulders.

“We have made a big step forward with the car overnight and the understeer issues that I was experiencing are virtually eradicated. There was a gremlin with the differential and that has been rectified – I really felt at one with the car and had a good feeling from it.

“Having not lead a race since last year I was probably a little more tense than I should have been out. Still, it is great to be back and we can continue pushing forward for the rest of the day.”

Mistiming the swap on the penultimate lap that would have given Sutton an additional point, Plato added: “We got that one wrong although I thought we’d crossed the line with Ashley ahead. I’ll be interested to see how close it was however the timing beam rarely lies.”

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