Jason Plato is feeling bullish ahead of the trip to Snetterton this weekend where the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season resumes after its six week summer break.
It was a weekend of highs and lows for Plato last time out at Croft, as technical gremlins within the MG6 continued to blight the Triple Eight team's progress. Failure to take the start of race one was bitterly disappointing, however the MG KX Momentum Racing Team was sent into the summer break happy as the double BTCC champion fought back to win race three in spectacular style and he is confident he can continue in the same vein this weekend.
“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,” Plato said. “Our season starts at Snetterton!
“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.”
Team-mate Andy Neate meanwhile recorded his strongest BTCC weekend to-date with the MG6 at Croft, when he brought the car home for points paying finishes in all three races. It could have been even better for the young Englishman too, as he had impressively led round fifteen for the majority of the race. Like Plato, he is looking forward to getting back out and on track.
“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,” he noted. “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.”
Team boss Ian Harrison summarised: “The summer break has been a good chance for the team to re-group before heading into battle for the second half of the season.
“It hasn't been time off and holidays for us at Triple Eight though, 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.”