MG KX Momentum Racing Set For Croft Challenge
24th June 2012
The MG KX Momentum Racing team will head into tomorrow’s three rounds of the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire, with both cars in the top ten on the grid, following a solid, if frustrating qualifying performance ahead of rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the series.
First Practice got underway with overcast, cloudy skies covering the circuit; the few drops of rain that fell during the session were not enough to cause the drivers any problems and the session was completed on Dunlop’s dry weather ‘slick’ tyre. MG KX Momentum Racing began the task of tuning their two MG6 to Croft’s variety of high and slow speed corners, with Jason Plato ending the session 6th and Andy Neate in 19th.
Jason Plato moved to the top of the time sheets during the second 40-minute practice session as the MG KX Momentum Racing team began to explore some of the single-lap pace within the MG6 during a qualifying simulation run. Andy spent the session improving the balance of his car, as he completed 17 laps of the 2.16 mile Croft circuit, improving his First Practice time by over 1.4 seconds to finish the session in 14th position.
The afternoon’s qualifying session that decides the grid for the first of tomorrows three BTCC races saw both MG KX Momentum Racing cars qualify in the top ten on the grid. Jason put in a strong early lap, but was left frustrated by some technical issues that prevented him from improving his time and challenging for Pole Position; he’ll start fifth. Andy will line up 9th on the grid tomorrow after recording a laptime of 1:25.580 with his final run in the dying moments of the session.
Jason Plato (#99), Croft Qualifying – 5th:
“A frustrating day for me with some electrical issues on the car, having been quickest in FP2, the technical gremlins have meant we really didn’t get a proper crack at qualifying. Tomorrow we’re going to have three Honda’s in front and probably a BMW too by Turn One, it will be a tough few races, but all is still to play for“
Andy Neate (#44), Croft Qualifying – 9th:
“We’ve improved the car throughout the day and to be honest we needed to. We are still learning about the MG6 and it’s amazing the difference that small changes are making to the handling. P9 gives us a good platform to build from tomorrow, the car will be fast and so I’m hoping for a strong day“
Ian Harrison, Team Principal:
“A bit of a frustrating day, although there is some promise for tomorrow with inherent pace in the car. Andy did a great job with a good laptime, it’s a solid start to getting him back on track. The #99 car should be further up, Jason only got one run due to the technical issues on his car. Tomorrow will be an interesting day“
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Article Last Updated 24th June 2012