MG will be looking to cement their place at the top of the Manufacturer’s Championship at the penulatimate round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone this weekend.
The MG team are currently 22 points ahead of Honda after a successful trio of races at Rockingham three weeks ago. Jason Plato and Sam Tordoff each secured a second and third place finishes in the first two races at the Northamptonshire circuit.
Plato is still in with an outside chance of earning a third driver’s title, but must overcome a 55-point lead held by Colin Turkington.
There were plenty of reasons to be cheerful after the three races at Rockingham last time out. A total points haul of 111 was enough to send the MG/Triple Eight team back to the top of Manufacturer’s Standings with just two rounds and six races remaining.
Despite starting from pole position, Tordoff couldn’t hold onto his advantage on the long straight towards turn one as the rear-wheel drive power of Turkington’s BMW was too much again for the front-wheel drive chasing pack. Unable to pass, Tordoff had to settle for second, while team-mate Plato came home in third.
Race two saw the two MG6 drivers swap positions as Plato trailed Turkington to second and Tordoff rounded off the podium positions.
More points came in race three, but just as importantly, both MGs finished ahead of the Hondas for the third successive race of the day.
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Traditionally, the 1.64 mile Silverstone National Circuit is a strong track for the MG6. Last season saw a one-two for Plato and Tordoff in race one, while the two-time Champion backed that up with another impressive victory in race two.
Plato also secured a double-win back in 2012 in MGs first year back in BTCC.
Silverstone is the home event for the Greatworth-based Triple Eight team, so understandably confidence is high going into the weekend.
After two podiums a piece at Rockingham three weeks ago, both MG6 drivers are keen to build on that and accrue more valuable points before the season ends.
“The target for Silverstone is simply to win races and score more points than the Honda Team,” said Plato.
“We have two jobs at hand. Firstly I need to increase my buffer to Shedden for second place in the Driver’s Championship and then we also must increase the lead we have in the Manufacturer’s Championship and shut out Honda.”
Team-mate Tordoff has had back-to-back pole positions, at Knockhill and Rockingham, and is keen to make it three-in-a-row this weekend.
“As always, my aim is to score as many wins and podiums as possible. That starts with trying to get three consecutive pole positions on Saturday. I am a long way from the top of the championship, which is where I didn’t want to be at this stage on the season. However, It is crucial to be getting results at this stage of the season.”
Team Principal, Ian Harrison added: "I expect us to be at the front this weekend as the best front-wheel-drive team. The Championship is up for grabs in terms of the Manufacturer’s title, so we need speed and good reliability all weekend to cement the small advantage we have in the points.
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Saturday 27 September
09.30 – 10.10: BTCC: Free Practice
12.25 – 13.05: BTCC: Free Practice
15.45 – 16.15: BTCC: Qualifying
Sunday 28 September
11.57: BTCC: Round 25 (22 laps)
14.32: BTCC: Round 26 (22 laps)
17.17: BTCC: Round 27 (22 laps)
Saturday's qualifying session will be broadcast live on ITV.com from 3.40pm.
ITV4HD will have live coverage of all three of Sunday's races from 11am.
2014 BTCC driver standings (after round 24 of 30)
1 Colin Turkington (eBay Motors) 366
2 Jason Plato (MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save) 311
3 Gordon Shedden (Honda Yuasa Racing) 302
4 Andrew Jordan (Pirtek Racing) 255
5 Rob Collard (eBay Motors) 242
6 Mat Jackson (Airwaves Racing) 234
7 Matt Neal (Honda Yuasa Racing) 199
8 Sam Tordoff (MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save) 184
9 Rob Austin (Exocet Racing) 139
10 Aron Smith (Chrome Edition Restart Racing) 138
18 Marc Hynes (Quantel Bifold Racing) 32
2014 BTCC Manufacturers Championship
1 MG/Triple Eight 752
2 Honda/Dynamics 730
2014 BTCC Teams' Championship
1 eBay Motors 606
2 Honda Yuasa Racing 498
3 MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save 488
4 Airwaves Racing 351
5 Chrome Edition Restart Racing 304
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