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BTCC Thruxton 2013: Plato looking for 'big results'
2 May 2013
Jason Plato has set his sights on notching up some 'big results' this weekend as the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season continues at Thruxton in Hampshire.
Plato retained top spot in the BTCC standings at Donington Park last time out despite only managing a single podium finish. The MG KX Momentum Racing man is now looking forward to the third meeting of the season and to conquering one of the most daunting racetracks in the UK.
“Our car is so much better than when we raced at Thruxton last season, so we are headed there looking for the big results,” Plato confirmed.
“Our car was virtually brand new there last year and it was terribly wet. Since then, we have chipped away at the handling of the MG6 and it is so much better. With the added stability that we have from the chassis now, I am certain we will have the speed to be right at the front.”
“It is one heck of a place to drive a touring car,” added the two-time touring car champion. “You really have to psyche yourself up for it, but although you need real commitment and bravery to get the most from it, you also have to have a deft touch and be as smooth as you can to keep the speed up and keep the momentum. It's such a great place and I look forward to it each season.”
Team-mate and KX Akademy driver Sam Tordoff meanwhile is eagerly anticipating his first outings in a British Touring Car Championship round at the Hampshire speedbowl.
“It is an interesting place to race, and there are restrictions at Thruxton which mean that there is very little testing there – that means it is a journey into the unknown for everyone,” he stated.
“Despite that, I feel that we have a really strong car with really good front-end grip, so that means the MG KX Momentum car will have lots of speed around the fast sweeps around the back of the circuit. I feel like I should have had a podium finish last time out, and I am going to be determined to get back there this weekend. The track is a bit of unknown quantity for all of us, but I have every faith in our car and my ability to use it to its maximum.”
“Thruxton is one of those places that can catch out the unwary,” Team principal Ian Harrison warned. “That means it demands maximum concentration at all times so it is a real test for the drivers and also for the teams. It is the kind of track that really sorts out the professional drivers from the no-hopers.
“But we are sure that we have a car fast enough to win there. I am expecting a win from either of our drivers this weekend – be it Jason again or Sam's maiden victory.
“They both have the speed to do it. We need to keep banking solid results and keep the points tally ticking over,” Harrison concluded.