Jason Plato has hit out at Aron Smith after a clash with the Ford Focus driver removed the double British Touring Car champion from race one at Knockhill.

Plato’s MG6 and Smith’s Motorbase Ford were battling for second when contact at Clark’s sent Plato spinning into the barriers and retirement.

“All it was down the back straight on lap one was bang-bang-bang in my backside,” said Plato. “And the same on the start/finish straight.

“He must have hit me 15 times and I was on the radio to stop it. He completely and utterly fired me off.

“There are only two things you can deduce, either he did it on purpose and wanted to take me out, or it was an accident and he needs to have his licence taken away.

“I’m going to go all the way on this [getting Smith punished] – I’ll take it to the MSA tribunal and beyond.”

Plato also hit out at the equalisation measures in the series, which mean that some cars are allowed to run more turbo boost than others.

“His performance has been increased by the power,” added Plato. “It’s frustrating beyond belief.”

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/other-news/touring-cars/btcc/plato-furious-with-smith-after-clash

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