SUBARUS KEEN TO BOUNCE BACK

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - By Matt James

Bri­tish Tour­ing Car cham­pi­ons Ja­son Plato and Colin Turk­ing­ton say they will be in a po­si­tion to tar­get race wins with the new fac­tory-blessed Team BMR Subaru Levorg af­ter a tough de­but at Brands Hatch last week­end.

Three of the team’s four cars had not turned a wheel un­til a 15-minute shake­down at the Kent venue on the Fri­day be­fore the event. Turk­ing­ton qual­i­fied his ex­am­ple 11th, just 0.5s of pole po­si­tion, while Plato was stymied with brake prob­lems and lined up 23rd. War­ren Scott’s ex­am­ple was 27th and James Cole was 29th in the fourth ma­chine.

Over­heat­ing prob­lems struck all of the cars in the open­ing race, but im­prove­ments were made over the course of the three races and Turk­ing­ton took the crew’s best fin­ish of 12th in race three.

Turk­ing­ton ex­plained: “The car was ac­tu­ally feel­ing quite good by the end of the week­end – I am en­joy­ing driv­ing it. More im­por­tantly, we know the ar­eas to work on. We found speed in each of the three races. We have gone for­wards and I am op­ti­mistic. We are all happy with the chas­sis, and I don’t think it will be long be­fore we are knock­ing on the door [of wins].”

The cars strug­gled for straight­line speed at Brands Hatch, but more work will be done by en­gine tuner Moun­tune be­fore the next rounds of the cham­pi­onship at Don­ing­ton Park on April 16/17.

Plato said that he knew the fun­da­men­tals of the rear-wheel-drive car were strong.

He said: “We [the four driv­ers] tried dif­fer­ent things in each of the races. It is as much about shut­ting down the av­enues that we think are wrong and work­ing to­wards the av­enues we think are right.

“I am ex­cited by the ba­sics of the car, but we have only scratched the sur­face. It is like we have all the in­gre­di­ents for a great recipe, but cer­tain flavours are drown­ing out the oth­ers right now. When we get the mix­ture right, it will be su­perb.”

Plato is ex­cited by po­ten­tial of Levorg New Levorg had a dif­fi­cult BTCC de­but

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