Triple Eight Aiming for Strong Finish to Season

by Ross Messinger

The Triple Eight squad have high hopes of solid points finishes in the final three races of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The Northamptonshire-based team have won several championships in the past, most recently with Fabrizio Giovanardi in 2007 and 2008. But with no drivers in contention to top the table at the end of the season, the former Vauxhall-fielded squad want to put pay to some disappointing results this year.

Jason Plato, former champion with Triple Eight back in 2001, leads Matt Neal by 17 points, with Gordon Shedden and Tom Onslow-Cole also in contention to take the honours on Sunday.

The team are hoping James Nash and Clio Cup graduate Sam Tordoff can deliver, granted with a reliable car.

Ian Harrison, Triple Eight's chairman, said: “I'm looking forward to Brands Hatch as always, but it will seem a little strange going there this year with neither the team or one if its drivers in with a shout for a title.”

After a mid-season slump having won two of the first three races of the season with Giovanardi before financial issues put pay to his season, the team are taking encouragement from Nash's positive pace at Donington three weeks ago. And Harrison reckons fans are in for a brilliant show come race day; “three of the four drivers vying for the title are former Triple Eight drivers, indeed one of them.”

Jason Plato won his only BTCC to date with us in 2001, so it will be fun to see who comes out on top.”

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