Friday, August 10 2012
Jason Plato and his MG Racing squad believe that they will be the team to beat in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship this weekend at Snetterton (11/12 August). The second half of the season begins in Norfolk at a track where Plato has an excellent record.
The double champion has won at Snetterton on ten occasions, including a strong performance on the new 300 circuit last year, just when it had looked as though his championship challenge was over.
Plato's Triple Eight-prepared MG6 GT was quick out of the blocks at Brands Hatch but a win there in race three could not be repeated until Croft last time out. This followed on from a string of problems that cost him valuable points, but he is now confident of a strong weekend.
A bullish Plato said: "Our summer break has been long, the batteries are well and truly re-charged, the team are well prepared; I feel strong and very motivated. Our season starts at Snetterton!"
Plato currently lies third in the standings, with a 29-point deficit to championship leader and old rival Matt Neal. Despite the Honda Racing team's near-dominant performance of late, he is not fazed: "I am confident that our recent developments with the MG6 GT will not only improve our speed, but also our race performance. I feel some race wins coming this weekend."
Also feeling confident is team mate Andy Neate, who feels his early season doldrums are behind him: "The Croft race-weekend seems a long while ago now, my memory of it is very positive though, with a triple points finish and having the pace to lead Race Three from the front for so long. I'm taking those positives into the second half of the season and am determined to get the results that the car, and I, are capable of."
Triple Eight Team Principal Ian Harrison confirmed that the team have been working hard over the summer break: "We've been working hard to get on top of the new MG6 and do a little bit of testing. This should hopefully see us unlock some more potential in the car and challenge at the front - which is the only place we want to be."
Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton are available on the gate from £13, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.