MG KX Momentum Racing drivers Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff are full of confidence as they head to the sixth round of the 2013 British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton, following the team’s domination of July’s Dunlop test.
The Triple Eight MG duo topped both days of the test on July 9-10, showing scintilating pace to send out a warning to their rivals as the second half of the season gets underway this weekend at the same Norfolk 300 circuit.
Plato is an 11-time race winner around the 2.99-mile track, and feels confident with the way which the MG6 is performing, believing that he can now trim the 36-point deficit to current championship leader, Matt Neal.
Plato said: “We’ve made progress in all areas with the car – in terms of handling, how we use the tyres and getting the most from the softer Dunlop rubber that we have to use this year. I am full of confidence.
“By the end of the weekend, everyone’s going to be drinking a can of KX whoop-ass, which I am hopefully going to be able to hand out. We have the tools to do the job and we are going to get it done.”
His team-mate Tordoff enters the second half of his rookie season having already made the podium in 2013, and the 2012 Porsche victor will be returning this weekend to a track at which success has fallen his way over the previous seasons, with victories in both the UK Renault Clio Cup and Porsche Carrera Cup GB to his name.
Tordoff was very rapid in July’s official test at the same circuit, and feels assured that he can fight for victory this weekend, saying: “Snetterton has always been kind to me.
“I have won there in Renault Clios and Porsches, and the testing session has given me lots of confidence. The mileage was vital and I am sure that we will be quick straight out of the box.
“I think that the work that we have done on the soft tyre is going to reap real rewards. We have taken steps to make it suit the car and that’s going to pay off. I am full of excitement over the second half of the year.”
Team boss Ian Harrison also remained quietly confident, but restrained on his squad’s chances, saying: “Testing is all well and good, and we had some positive mileage, but it is all about what happens when the points are on the table. We have to take all of the things we have learned and make sure we turn them into solid results.
“This is the time of the season when you can make a real difference. We are going to Snetterton full of anticipation but we must make that count and land the big results. That is what I expect from both of my drivers.”