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Triple Eight Ready To Go Forth And Battle At Knockhill
Posted by: newsla on Aug 22, 2014 - 03:36 PM
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Triple Eight Ready To Go Forth And Battle At Knockhill


Two-time champion Jason Plato and young gun Sam Tordorff head north to Scotland this weekend (23/24 August) for round seven of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, knowing they are in for a fierce fight for points.

 

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The MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save Team has historically not faired well at the hilly 1.3 mile, 9 turn circuit, as Team Principal Ian Harrison concedes: “It will be a toughie; it’s going to be a case of just getting through it.”

That said the Banbury based team came away from Snetterton three weeks ago with a bigger haul of points that the year previous and hopes are high for a similar outcome this weekend in Fife.

The first two rounds of the 2014 season yielded promise and points a plenty for both Plato and Tordoff, but a tricky weekend at Thruxton in Hampshire gave little cause for joy, and the trip to Cheshire’s Oulton Park, so often a happy hunting ground in years gone by, offered slim pickings. Likewise, the Yorkshire circuit of Croft, a home circuit for both Plato and Tordoff, saw the red, white and blue MGs fighting lower down the order than normal. However, Plato, the most successful driver in the history of the BTCC, kept his title challenge alive by securing his 186th podium finish in race one, providing Rob Collard with a classy lesson in defensive driving to boot.

“It’s the same every year,” continued Harrison. “We go to Brands and Donington and it’s happy days, then Oulton Park is normally our third good track, but the layout for this year didn’t really do us any favours. The cars are very track dependent now and the only real difference from last year is the advancement of the BMW.”

Approaching Knockhill, Plato lies third in the standings (236 points), two places higher up than in 2013, and Tordoff (8th – 138 points) is hitting a purple patch, having produced arguably a BTCC career best drive in race two at Snetterton. MG sit just five points behind Honda in the manufacturer’s standings and MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save are still within 100 points of leaders eBay Motors in the Team’s championship.

With Rockingham, Silverstone and Brands Hatch GP remaining after the trip to the Highlands, the MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save Team is in good spirits about the remaining races with everything very much still to play for.

“We should be on the money again at those tracks, hopefully we’ll have a good end to the year,” concludes Harrison.

The Knockhill weekend begins on Saturday with two 40-minute practice sessions; qualifying begins at 15:05 and will be broadcast live on the ITV website. Sunday is race day with three action-packed races expected. Race one begins at 11:45, race two at 14:17 and the reverse grid race at 17:07. Don’t forget to check out the Twitter and Facebook links throughout the weekend for updates.

Race Weekend Information
Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Knockhill
Knockhill Circuit, Dunfermline, Fife KY12 9TF
1.300 miles (2.092km), 9-turn race circuit
August 23rd-24th, 2014
Live TV Info: ITV4 & ITV4 HD all day Sunday 24th Aug

2014 BTCC driver standings (after round 18 of 30)
1 Colin Turkington (eBay Motors) 279
2 Gordon Shedden (Honda Yuasa Racing) 256
3 Jason Plato (MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save) 236
4 Andrew Jordan (Pirtek Racing) 201
5 Rob Collard (eBay Motors) 187
6 Mat Jackson (Airwaves Racing) 173
7 Matt Neal (Honda Yuasa Racing) 161
8 Sam Tordoff (MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save) 138

2014 BTCC Manufacturers Championship
1 Honda/Dynamics 555
2 MG/Triple Eight 550

2014 BTCC Teams' Championship
1 eBay Motors 462
2 Honda Yuasa Racing 413
3 MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save 368

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