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MG Aim High At High-Speed Thruxton

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Jason Plato, Donington Park (Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography)

MG KX Momentum Racing will be looking to continue their challenge for the British Touring Car Championship with a strong set of results at one of Britain’s fastest motor racing circuits, Thruxton.

Jason Plato heads to the Hampshire circuit sitting firmly at the top of the points standings, while rookie team-mate Sam Tordoff has impressed with a string of top six results, finding himself fourth in the standings after Donington Park.

“Our car [the MG6] is so much better than when we raced at Thruxton last season, so we are headed there looking for the big results,” said two-time BTCC champion Plato. “Our car was virtually brand new there last year and it was terribly wet. Since then, we have chipped away at the handling of the MG6 and it is so much better. With the added stability that we have from the chassis now, I am certain we will have the speed to be right at the front.

“Thruxton is one of those places that can catch out the unwary,” Team Principle Ian Harrison explained of the 2.36-mile, 110mph track. “That means it demands maximum concentration at all times so it is a real test for the drivers and also for the teams. It is the kind of track that really sorts out the professional drivers from the no-hopers.”

“It is one heck of a place to drive a touring car,” added Plato “You really have to psyche yourself up for it, but although you need real commitment and bravery to get the most from it, you also have to have a deft touch and be as smooth as you can to keep the speed up and keep the momentum. It’s such a great place and I look forward to it each season.”

All three races will be broadcast live on ITV4 from 10:45 on Sunday (5th May) morning, along with the full BTCC support package.

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