| British motorsport newspaper Motorsport News claims the 43-year-old champion has been cited to appear before the stewards after his angry statement to ITV Sport, where the Silverline Chevrolet driver refused to celebrate his fourth race victory of the season, taken after the two Honda drivers had collided at the final corner of the last lap eliminating themselves from a maximum points scoring 1-2 result.|
"Look, I don't want to say anything cos I don't want to say the wrong thing, but I'd like Alan Gow to come here and explain to all the viewers at home what's going on because, let's just open our eyes and have a look, it's a joke," said Plato to ITV Sport post-race.
When asked if he could take anything positive from the result he responded:
"I can't take anything from it, no. We've lucked in again. But, just look how the Honda car just streaks past us in a straight line. There's meant to be performance parity, I'm sorry, but I'm either blind or stupid, but that doesn't look like it to me. I'm not happy about it."
Jason Plato could be punished under either Articles 4.4.3 of the British Touring Car Championship's Sporting Regulations, or Article 151. c) of the FIA International Sporting Code, which states:
Article 151. c) of the FIA International Sporting Code:
Any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motor sport generally.
Article 4.4.3 of the MSA British Touring Car Championship Sporting Regulations:
Where in the opinion of the Administrator a competitor...has by act or omission to act or otherwise brought the Championship...into disrepute, irrespective of any prosecution under the General Regulations of the MSA, the Administrator will be entitled to require the Championship Stewards to enquire into the matter. Then after enquiring into the matter and giving the parties an opportunity to be heard if the Championship Stewards find the Championship (has) been brought into disrepute they will refer the matter to the Administrator who may impose any of the additional Championship penalties set out in Sporting Regulation 4.4.4.
The BTCC's regulations specify anything from a reprimand to exclusion from the championship as the available range of penalties, though it's most likely that if any penalty was deemed necessary, it would be in the realms of a fine or points deduction.