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Plato keeps MG on top at Snetterton BTCC test day two

Wednesday, July 10 2013

Jason Plato ensured that MG remained at the top of the timesheets on the concluding day of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship test at Snetterton today (Wednesday).

The test, which was set up at the behest of tyre supplier Dunlop, was primarily to run differing rubber compounds. However teams also took advantage of the opportunity to set their cars up for the many challenges of the Snetterton 300 circuit, which they will be competing on next month (3/4 August), as the championship returns from its summer break.

Plato edged out yesterday's pacesetter, team mate Sam Tordoff, by just under half a second. He also lapped three tenths quicker than the newcomer's best time from Tuesday. With Honda absent from the test, Pirtek upheld the Civic's honour, however the combination of title challenger Andrew Jordan, father Mike and team regular Jeff Smith could only manage a best time over eight tenths off the pace, albeit whilst running their own test programme.

Between them and the MGs, Team HARD.'s Jack Goff was quick in third, with the team also running an Insignia for Joe Girling and a Passat for Warren Scott. "Some of the things we've tried at this test have made a massive improvement to the way the car feels," said Goff. "The balance is really good now - it's probably the best the car has ever felt. I did that time at the end on brand new tyres, and it was the first time we've run new tyres all test. It's not quite perfect yet and there's a bit more time in the bag, so we'll see how it goes."

Rob Collard was the fastest of the eBay Motors BMWs in fourth, whilst team mate Colin Turkington, on a roll from his Croft success, was sixth.

Motorbase enjoyed a reasonably successful day, with Aron Smith fifth, with Mat Jackson eighth and newcomer Nick Tandy, who hopes to campaign the third NGTC car at Snetterton, ninth.

"We've been methodically going through lots of different settings this morning," said Plato. "We used the 2014 compound yesterday, and so far today we've been on the regular medium compound. We're working on balance in race trim and trying some different setups to adjust some of the characteristics about the car."

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship test day two, combined times
1, Jason Plato, MG KX Momentum Racing, MG6, 1:57.248s
2, Sam Tordoff, MG KX Momentum Racing, MG6, +0.474s
3, Jack Goff, RCIB Insurance Racing, Vauxhall Insignia, +0.541s
4, Rob Collard, eBay Motors, BMW 125i M Sport, +0.597s
5, Aron Smith, Airwaves Racing, Ford Focus, +0.701s
6, Colin Turkington, eBay Motors, BMW 125i, +0.734s
7, Andrew Jordan, Pirtek Racing, Honda Civic, +0.870s
8, Mat Jackson, Airwaves Racing, Ford Focus, +0.992s
9, Nick Tandy, Addison Lee Motorbase, Ford Focus, +1.231s
10, Mike Jordan, Pirtek Racing, Honda Civic, +1.353s

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