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BTCC Donington 2013: Plato expects his MG to be a 'rocket ship'
18 April 2013
Jason Plato has set his sights on adding to his silverware as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to heads to Donington Park for the second meeting of the season this weekend.
The MG KX Momentum Racing driver is leading the title chase after taking two wins at the opening meeting at Brands Hatch at Easter and he says that he expects nothing less when the teams reconvene on Saturday morning.
“I am really looking forward to Donington Park,” said Plato. “After a great start to the season with two wins, the opposition can expect more of the same this weekend.
“We were very quick in the official test day at the track in March and we used some unconventional set-ups that really worked for us. It has unlocked something else in the car and we have crunched the numbers back at base. It's going to be a rocket ship there. I will be out for pole and wins.”
Team-mate and KX Akademy driver Sam Tordoff meanwhile made one of the championship's most sensational debuts at Brands with a podium finish on his first weekend with the team and he is hungry for more success.
“I have spent some time with the team after the races at Brands Hatch and we have reflected on the positives from the weekend and we have also looked at the areas where I can improve my performance,” said the 23-year-old. “There is a lot to learn in the BTCC, and after scoring a podium at the opening meeting, I am going to push to get better and better.
“We've looked at the starts and how to get the most from them, and also how to extract the best performance from the new Dunlop soft tyres, which is a new feature for all of us this year. That has put me in a very positive frame of mind ahead of this weekend's meeting.”
Team principal Ian Harrison added: “We really need to carry on where we left off at Brands Hatch. It is vital that both our drivers see the flag with a strong haul of points from Donington Park.
“Given the pace that is in our car, getting to the end means that they will be near the sharp end. Donington Park is a track that can easily catch drivers out so they need to show it respect and make sure that we are in the hunt all the way through. Scoring solid points on a consistent basis is what wins championships, and that's the attitude we need to adopt. If they can both do that, we will be smiling on Sunday night.”
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