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MG duo confident for Knockhill

The MG KX Momentum Racing team drivers Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff are confident that Knockhill will offer them to get back to winning way in the 2013 British Touring Car Championship.

Team Principal of the MG KX Momentum Racing Team, Ian Harrison, believes that surviving all three races around the Scottish circuit is the main priority and then big points come after that.

“It is a circuit that can be a bit of a lottery – and that’s not just because of the Scottish weather,” explains Harrison. “It is so tight that the field tends to stay closely grouped together and that can lead to contact. Keeping out of trouble is the first job, and then you can think about attacking the race.

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“It is always hard to know what to expect at Knockhill, but we will go there with our usual attitude of aiming for big points from all three races from both of our drivers.”

Yorkshire based driver Tordoff secured his first BTCC Pole Position and victory last time out at Snetterton isn’t prepared to back off in his pursuit of further victories.

“It was an amazing feeling, but once you have had one victory, you want more,” explains Tordoff. “I am aiming for three really strong races. I have learned in my opening few weekends in the BTCC that it is important to score highly in all races over the weekend.

“I have had some bad luck recently that has meant I have had at least one race where I have struggled. I need to put that behind me and work on my consistency, so that is the aim this weekend.”

Team-mate Plato had hoped to capitalise on the summer break test form at Snetterton as he looked to close in on the Championship lead.

After following Tordoff home in the opening race, Plato then failed to finish either of the other two races to fall 50 points behind the Championship leader.

The 1.2 Mile circuit offers a complete contrast to the 2.99 mile Snetterton circuit as the circuit goes up and down the Scottish scenery and the 2001 and 2010 Champion feels that the circuit will play to the MG6’s strengths.

“Knockhill is a great circuit because it is undulating and it flows really nicely,” added Plato, who has taken four victories in the 2013 campaign. “There are crests and lots of blind corners. That means you have to attack the circuit while trying to be as precise as possible to be on the right lines. At some of the turns, if you are slightly off-line at the entry, then it is magnified all the way through and you are in real trouble on the exit.

“That makes it a compromise because you have to be committed and attack, but you also have to think about leaving a little margin for error. That makes it perfect for me. Those elements, plus the fact that the fans can get so close to the action, make for a really good atmosphere.”

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