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Jason Plato: "We're going to fight at Snetterton"

Wednesday, July 30 2014

Double Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato is on a mission to take control of the 2014 title race, starting this weekend (2/3 August) at Snetterton.

The MG squad has only recorded two victories so far this season, with Jason and team mate Sam Tordoff sharing the honours at Donington. This has left the Oxfordshire-based driver 49 points adrift of title leader Colin Turkington.

"A wee bit disappointing," is how Jason sums up the opening rounds of the season. "Some races we expected to be right on the button, but I don't think we've done anything wrong technically, we're just lacking in some areas. It's just down to little things, so it's frustrating not to have more points on the board.

"I'm an eternal optimist and I always think that we can produce results, but having said that I'm also a realist and I know just how much I pushed the car at Croft. It's going to be very difficult but we're going to fight. I'll drive as hard as I can and we'll engineer the car as much as we can."

Jason is also the first to admit that he pushed a little too hard at Croft, taking a penalty for a controversial incident with former team mate Alain Menu that ended the latter's race. Alain was very critical on TV but Jason says that he has since apologised: "Yes I have. Alain's Alain. I know him very well and he's capable of getting on his high horse and forgetting that not so long ago he's made mistakes. I made a mistake and I held my hands up to it and apologised. I was trying for the undercut and I was about 100mm too early. Nothing more can be said but Alain will make a meal out of it."

Jason has also been very vocal about the advantages of the rear-wheel-drive format as adopted by Turkington's BMW 1-Series: "One thing I do want to make clear is that WSR, Dick Bennetts and Colin Turkington are doing a stellar job. But the laws of physics is making them do such a stellar job."

Even so, the MGs have been near-unbeatable on pure speed at Snetterton in previous events. This has given Jason plenty of reasons to be confident ahead of the weekend: "I'd like to think that we're in a shot of pole position [at Snetterton]. If we're not the leading front-wheel-drive car then I guess we'll be disappointed."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton are available from £26, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.