RIVALS CLAIM PLATO IS 'MAN TO BEAT' AT HIGH-SPEED SNETTERTON THIS WEEKEND Colin Turkington, Matt Neal and Fabrizio Giovanardi believe that Jason Plato could still be the man to beat at Snetterton this weekend (1-2 August) - even though the ...
RIVALS CLAIM PLATO IS 'MAN TO BEAT' AT HIGH-SPEED SNETTERTON THIS WEEKEND
Colin Turkington, Matt Neal and Fabrizio Giovanardi believe that Jason Plato could still be the man to beat at Snetterton this weekend (1-2 August) - even though the Chevrolet driver missed the official test session held recently at the Norfolk track.
Plato and his Racing Silverline squad were absent from the test meaning he will have had no prior running in his Chevrolet Lacetti at Snetterton when the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship season resumes there for the second half of its 2009 calendar.
Plato currently lies fourth in the Drivers' standings behind Turkington, Neal and Giovanardi - but all three believe that, test or not, he will be a major threat in all three races on Sunday.
Team RAC BMW driver Turkington, the man on form with four wins in the last six races, said: "Jason's shown at several recent rounds he can turn up to circuits where he has not driven that car before and really be difficult to beat and I don't think it'll be any different at Snetterton. Also, we lost a decent portion of the Snetterton test due to heavy rain so I don't think we'll have stolen much of an advantage on him."
Vauxhall's Neal said Plato remains a major threat in the title race overall, let alone the Snetterton fixture which marks the start of a busy August for the BTCC with visits to the Knockhill circuit in Fife (16 Aug) and Silverstone, Northants (30 Aug) also to follow inside the same month.
Neal, the 2005 and 2006 BTCC Champion said: "That Chevrolet is so fast on the straights - and at Snetterton there are two of the longest straights in the UK - that he doesn't need to worry about being quick around the corners! I think he could be in a similarly strong position when we get to Silverstone later in the month - it's the kind of circuit where he might be untouchable. Colin's moved into a decent lead but Jason is very much in there with us now."
And Neal's Italian team-mate Giovanardi, Champion the past two seasons and fastest in the test at Snetterton, said: "It won't be a problem for him. He will be quick everywhere. RML which runs the Chevrolet is a world class organisation and Jason is a world class driver. Anyone who thinks he will be disadvantaged will be proved wrong."
FREE FOR KIDS
While three BTCC races headline the bill of action at Snetterton this Sunday (2 August) there will be extra value-for-money entertainment from another nine races - from the supporting Ginetta Junior, Ginetta G50, Porsche Carrera, Renault Clio, Formula Renault and guesting Heritage Touring Car categories.
Admission for children aged 12 and under is FREE while adult tickets cost just GBP23.00 if booked via the www.snetterton.co.uk website. Admission includes complimentary access to the BTCC race paddock and the Pit Lane Walkabout session when the public is invited into the pit lane to meet the star BTCC drivers for autographs, photos and give-aways.