He took his maiden series win at the track 15 years ago – and Jason Plato is ready to take the chequered flag again this weekend.

When the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship left for its summer break after Croft, Plato sent the MG KX Momentum Racing Team off in high spirits by winning the third race of the day.

The MG6 has proven a fickle beast – showing great pace but suffering from various mechanical gremlins – but the team are confident heading into the second-half of the season.

Nobody less than Plato, the most decorated driver to race at the Norfolk track, who said: “Our summer break has been long, the batteries are well and truly re-charged, the team are well prepared; I feel strong and very motivated. Our season starts at Snetterton!

“I am confident that our recent developments with the MG6 GT will not only improve our speed, but also our race performance. I feel some race wins coming this weekend.”

Team Principal Ian Harrison echoed his lead driver's sentiments. He added:

“The summer break has been a good chance for the team to re-group before heading into battle for the second half of the season. It hasn’t been time off and holidays for us at Triple Eight though, we’ve been working hard to get on top of the new MG6 and do a little bit of testing.

“This should hopefully see us unlock some more potential in the car and challenge at the front – which is the only place we want to be.”

Meanwhile, Plato's teammate Andy Neate recorded his strongest BTCC weekend to-date at, with three points-paying finishes in all three races, and a strong race-leading performance in race three.

He said: “The Croft race-weekend seems a long while ago now, my memory of it is very positive though with a triple points finish and having the pace to lead race three from the front for so long.

“I’m taking those positives into the second half of the season and am determined to get the results that the car, and I, are capable of.”