Jason Plato says he is confident of a strong weekend for the SEAT Sport UK team as the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Knockhill for the eighth round of the year.
Plato currently lies second in the championship standings to Fabrizio Giovanardi, but technical problems for the former champion at both Snetterton and Oulton Park while well placed to eat into the Italian's lead mean currently finds himself 44 points behind his rival.
With that in mind, Plato heads to Scotland aware of the need to pick up as many points as possible and while he admits that it would be difficult to try and take all three races on race day, he said felt confident that the Leon TDi would be capable of securing at least a double.
“Three race wins is a difficult one to think about as there is the lottery of what number you are drawn and who is around you, but going for two race wins is a possibility,” he said. “We've unlocked some performance in the Leon TDi and we are starting to feel the car now. We know where the sweet spot is and can find it on a more consistent basis. Looking at the circuit analysis with my engineers, we feel we will be pretty strong up there.”
However Plato admitted that, while he needs to go for wins, he also needs Giovanardi to hit problems if he is to retain any hope of lifting a second title.
“At this stage in the championship, we've just got to go for race wins,” he said. “We need Fabrizio to have a bad weekend, either some mechanical issues or get caught up in a tangle - but I have no control over that and to be fair I wouldn't really want to see that happen.
“But if it did, we need to make sure that as a team we're on top of our game and in a position to benefit from it. We need to go for race wins, and what will be, will be."