Motorsport News - Touring
MG KX Momentum Racing heads north to Croft
21st June 2012
The MG KX Momentum Racing team heads north again this weekend for the fifth instalment of the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). The Croft circuit in North Yorkshire will play host to rounds 13, 14 and 15, the final chance for the team to impress, before the BTCC series begins its six week summer break.
Last time out at Oulton Park the Triple Eight run MG KX Momentum Racing squad endured something of a bitter sweet weekend. Jason Plato secured his second Pole Position in four events, however failed to take the start of Race One after a technical issue on the way to the grid. Jason fought back in the second and third races of the day, taking two further podium finishes to limit the damage to his championship campaign.
Andy Neate’s weekend at Oulton Park ran somewhat in contrast to Jason’s. In Race One when Jason was forced to retire, Andy was busy recording his best finish of the season. Then as Plato fought back in races two and three, it was Andy’s turn to suffer with technical gremlins, as a double engine related failure robbed the young Englishman of improving on his strong start to the weekend.
With the summer break almost in sight, both MG KX Momentum Racing drivers and the entire team are determined to close the first half of the season on a high. Strong performances and results, for both sides of the garage are the recipe for Croft.
Jason Plato (#99), BTCC Standings 3rd – 161 points:
“I can't wait for Croft; it's like coming home for me, having been brought up in Newcastle. It's a great circuit with a fantastic combination of corners and I am confident we can get a great set of results this weekend. Having lost the championship lead at Oulton Park, I will start the weekend with 18kgs less success ballast. Pole position in qualifying is the target and then wins must be on our radar. Let's get ready to rumble!"
Andy Neate (#44), BTCC Standings: 19th – 21 points:
“I’m pleased that after Oulton Park which had a tough end to a weekend that showed a lot of promise, we’re able to get back racing so soon. I’m looking to build on the positives from Oulton and rectify the negatives, in order that I can head off into the summer break on a high“
Ian Harrison, Team Principal, BTCC Standings: Teams - 4th – 181 points, Manufacturers – 2nd - 284 points:
“Croft is a circuit that always throws up some strange results, and with the unpredictable weather which is forecast, I don’t see this year being any different. JP is well in touch with the opposition, even though we had a no score in Race One at Oulton and I expect him to be on it at Croft. Andy had a great first race at Oulton, but then the bad luck crept in again for him; I expect him to build on the positives from Oulton.”
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