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Jason Plato: "Snetterton always produces a good race"

Thursday, August 01 2013

Double Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato has fired a warning shot to his rivals as the series is about to return from its summer break at Snetterton this weekend (3/4 August).

The 45-year-old was quickest in a recent test at the Norfolk circuit and has won at the circuit in both its earlier configuration and the new 300 layout. "I know this place well," he said. "Even though the circuit in its current configuration is only a few years old, and I think it will suit our car." Referring to the test, at which rivals Honda Racing were not present, he commented: "The important thing is, we're learning about our car, we're trying to improve our performance, not just for our race performance, but also our outright one-lap pace for qualifying. So we're definitely learning by being here and our main opposition isn't learning because they're not here!"

Jason will also be expecting better fortune in the second half of the year, without which he could well have been leading the title fight. "We've just had a little run where the balls haven't really rolled the way we thought they should have done," he explained. "Leading with two laps to go at Thruxton and then a puncture, engine failure and fire at Oulton Park when we had scored good points, and also we made an error in our tyre choice at Croft which had quite big implications in terms of points. But we're still there, we're quick, we've won four races, we should be getting podiums on a regular basis, so there's a long way to go yet. It's just a case that we need to get everything going in the right direction."

The MG's strong form at Oulton Park followed another test in which a breakthrough appeared to have happened in the car's setup. It's something that he and team mate Sam Tordoff worked on refining at Snetterton. "Our setup didn't work in race one at Croft," he said. "But we now understand why, so we've now got some good pace. We've done a very strong race run, so I'm hoping that our new development journey will give us the results we want."

Having set his car up for the weekend, Jason will be turning his attention to perfecting his way around the 300 circuit's layout: "It's a challenge, it's a big challenges track. What Jonathan has done is to make a new circuit which actually adds to what was here before. It always produces a good race, fingers crossed the weather is always nice here, and let's hope it remains that way."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton on 3/4 August are available on the gate from £13, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.