Jason Plato insists it is all systems go at Team BMR as he prepares to spearhead the squads charge for the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title with Subaru.
Hitting the track in a revised Levorg livery at Donington Park yesterday (16th March), the double champion notched 28 laps during the four-hour test session, ultimately going on to set the 17th best time.
Admitting that the rear-wheel-drive machine is a much better car than the one that finished the 2016 campaign, the 49-year-old is buoyed by the potential that lies within.
“We worked through our programme and just concentrated on what we had planned at the test,” he said to BTCC Crazy.
“As everyone saw last year the car came on leaps and bounds with our development through the season, and that has carried on into the winter. We’ve dug down deep over the last few months, got some weight out of the car and really made it a better package. All round it is a much better car.”
The team is set to conduct a further two days of testing next week before descending on Brands Hatch for rounds one, two and three; something that the double champion is keen to do to ensure the team as a whole is ready.
He explained: “We have some areas that we want to look at over the coming two days just to fine tune the car before round one. It is also going to be a good opportunity just to go through the bog-standard stuff like some practice starts and getting the guys do some pit-stops – basically just getting everyone ready.”
On the subject of his objectives for the opening round, he added: “We want pole position and we want race wins. That is why we do this and it is what I am paid to do. The car is much better than last year and I expect to be right up at the sharp end of the grid!”
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