Jason Plato insists that the MG KX Momentum Racing team is heading into 2014 stronger than ever as the double champion seeks to challenge for a third Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship crown.
Plato won more races than anyone else in 2013 but could only take third in the championship standings having suffered a series of DNFs that ultimately prevented him from beating Andrew Jordan to the crown.
With the team having ended last season strongly, Plato will hope to be the man to beat during the year ahead and he admitted that 'soul searching' within the Triple Eight-run team during the mid-point of 2013 had resulted in a change in approach that put MG in a better position going into the new campaign.
“The best thing from my perspective came out of something that was quite negative,” he said. “At Snetterton and Knockhill I was pretty critical of the team for mistakes that were being made. That's quite a bold thing to do openly, and I didn't take the decision to do it lightly. I'm a part of the team – I wasn't pointing fingers, but as a team we'd gone off the rails a bit.
“We did a lot of soul-searching, we fell out, we made up, and we came back out at Silverstone a different outfit. And then we blew everyone away. That's the good bit for me, to give the team a kick and for everyone to raise their game and pick it back up was a really rewarding thing and it'll make us a better team and stronger going into 2014 because of it.”
Plato confirmed that a number of changes were planned for the MG6 over the off-season, with the front end of the car being redesigned in an effort to improve performance.
“This is also the first year where we're doing some meaningful development over the winter,” he said. “The aerodynamic package hasn't changed since the initial design and we didn't have time to do any wind tunnel testing as the project came together so late on.
“Now we're redesigning the front end, so I think from a preparation perspective we're better sorted than we ever have been. We know the car is inherently quick.”
Plato will be partnered by Sam Tordoff again in 2014, with Marc Hynes also joining Triple Eight in a third MG run under a seperate banner.