Jason Plato has stated that he is feeling positive that things are heading in the right direction with Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, despite failing to score a point on the opening weekend of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Arriving at Brands Hatch this past weekend keen to put what was a nightmare 2017 campaign behind him, the BMR Racing driver made steady progress at the wheel of his Subaru Levorg.
Having conducted limited pre-season testing in the past few weeks, Plato arrived at the opening round the season keen to put the chassis issues that plagued him last year behind him, and begin making progress.
Running the brand new 2018 Swindon specification boxer engine for the first time in the car in all three races, finishing all three too, the 50-year-old may left the venue on Sunday evening with his tail firmly in the air.
“The most important thing is that I leave here after race three in a positive frame of mind because it’s the first time in all honesty, in 18 months, or since the beginning of 2017, where I’ve got a car where I can feel the front,” the double champion said.
“In all the practice we did here I couldn’t feel the front and we’ve made some huge set-up changes and I think now analysing what’s happened to date and what happened last year some of the problems we had last year were from the shunt but underneath all that the problem all stemmed from not doing enough work on the new tyre at the beginning of last year.
“I think our cars baseline setups weren’t in the right area and we made some huge changes to race one, two and three and we are going in the right sort of direction so I’m positive that we are making progress and it feels like it’s my car again.
“We’ve got lots of work to do on the engine but I’m going home with a smile on my face.”
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