Plato: “We’re Looking To Add To The Win tally”
Submitted on August 23rd 2012 18:26 by Michael Passingham.
Ahead of Knockhill, Jason Plato and his MG KX Momentum Racing team have spoken of their confidence going into the BTCC’s annual trip North of the border to the Scottish Knockhill Racing Circuit, despite the track offering him mixed fortunes in the past.
Plato, 44, was able to finish in the top three in all three races of the previous round at Snetterton, including victory in the first race of the day.
He commented: “Off the back of a strong weekend at Snetterton, we must go to Knockhill full of confidence. We are starting to build up the momentum needed to mount a championship challenge.”
The Oxfordshire-based racer’s championship challenge took a huge boost at Snetterton, where his deficit of 29 points to the leaders dropped to just 10.
Team Principal, Ian Harrison remained coy about his team’s chances: “There is still a long way to go, but we’re in contention, which in our first season is a huge testament to work done back at Triple Eight.”
Knockhill has not always been kind to Jason Plato: in 2011 he only picked up a total of 8 points in the first two races, and crashed out from the lead after a collision with Tom Boardman in Race 3, severely denting his championship-winning potential. However, in 2010, he was able to take two podium finishes, including one victory.
“The tight and twisty Scottish circuit has given me many strong memories over the years, some good, some not so. It’s a circuit I really enjoy and one which I think will really suit our MG 6GT. We are certainly going north of the border looking to add to the win tally.”
Elsewhere in the MG KX Momentum Racing Team, Andy Neate has spoken of his difficult Snetterton weekend, in which he only managed two 15th places and a 12th.
“Snetterton was a tough weekend for me, I didn’t get on-top of my car set-up in Free Practice and that put me on the back foot for the rest of the weekend. I want to ensure I hit the ground running at the start of the weekend at Knockhill. I’m hope that a change in country brings a change in fortune for me!”
The ToCA tour returns to TV and computer screens on Saturday, with live coverage of qualifying on itv.com/touringcars at 3pm and live Twitter coverage from @BTCCCrazyLive for all BTCC sessions. The first BTCC race on Sunday is at 11:45 am, on ITV4 and @BTCCCrazyLive.
Photo Credit: Pete Mainey