It seems the quick times set by the RML Chevrolet team at the British Touring Car test day at Snetterton were down to good car set ups and not new car improvements or tweaks as some may have suspected.
When asked if the Team had been working on anything new during the mid season break and if this was the reason behind the good lap times being produced, Jason Plato told The Checkered Flag “No, not really. It was just down to good car set up.”
He was pleased with the day's work as he told us “Considering we really only had half a day (thanks to the rain disrupted second session) we got through the programme we wanted to and we've come out with a better car. So it's been a very useful test for us actually.”
This bodes well for Plato as he is looking to push for the lead in the championship being only 8 points behind Matt Neal who currently holds the top spot. We asked if he felt confident after today's test, to which Jason replied “I'm confident we have moved our car on a bit, but you never really know what people are doing on test days. We know what we are doing but the main thing is we are changing the characteristics of the car and that's what we've been doing today.”
With the Honda's of Team Dynamics absent from the test day, it will be interesting to see how the Chevrolets will match up against the Civic's in the second half of the season and how close the championship battle will become. Only time will tell. Thankfully, the long awaited sixth race weekend will soon be upon us and will hopefully start to provide some of the answers.