Jason Plato is targeting a podium finish at Oulton Park this weekend as his Team BMR Subaru returns to action after fuel system problems.
The double BTCC champion is confident the Subaru Levorg’s fuel rail issues have been resolved and, with a package of engine modifications in place, the team could be ready to make an impact at the Cheshire circuit.
The team’s four cars, driven by Plato, Colin Turkington, James Cole and Warren Scott, were sidelined in round three at Thruxton because of fears over the safety of the Levorg’s high pressure fuel rail.
But after two days’ durability testing in Wales last week, Plato is happy that new components have cured the problem, and is looking ahead to excelling at one of his favourite tracks.
“All of our cars have engine upgrades for this weekend that will give us a bit more performance, and I think our chassis will go very well round there,” he added.
“It’s an amazing circuit, a beautiful fast, flowing track with funny cambers – a real drivers track, my kind of circuit, and if we manage to get the car working well we can do great things round there.”
The works-backed Silverline Subarus, sponsored by Adrian Flux, have been feeling their way in the opening rounds, with straight-line speed the missing ingredient thus far.
“I’m really positive the upgrades will give us that, but until we get there in free practice we don’t know how much they will help on the track,” Plato said.
“We know on the dyno (rolling testing track), but on track we don’t yet know. But I’m hopeful of a podium for sure.”
Catch the racing on ITV4 on Sunday from 11.15am.