The bruises have healed, and the car has been put back together after Jason Plato’s embattled opening weekend at Brands Hatch.
But the two-time BTCC champion is “not confident” of returning to winning ways at Donington Park this Easter weekend in his Subaru Levorg as the new centre of gravity rules continue to bite.
Plato’s pre-season confidence that the Adrian Flux Subaru Racing team would carry all before them in 2017 has evaporated in the wake of rule changes that have disrupted the car’s natural balance and saw them transformed from race winners in 2016 to mid-rankers at Brands.
The best Team BMR managed on the Brands Indy circuit, a track that should have suited the Levorg’s low-slung boxer engine layout, was Plato’s 12th place in the opening race before he was shunted into the pit wall at the start of race two, ruling him out of the third and final race.
In the intervening fortnight, as well as rebuilding Plato’s damaged car, the team has worked hard to make the new settings work for all four drivers.
But Plato admits he can’t be sure how the Subarus will fair at Donington.
“We’re revved up and the team’s worked really hard to rebuild the car. We’ll see where we are when we get there,” he said.
“We’re looking forward to the weekend – the guys have had a really tough 10 days to get the cars ready and they’ve done a great job.
“We won’t know how well we’re going to go and what our true performance is until we get to Donington, but it’s fair to say I‘m not confident we’ll be winning. We’re trying to understand what we’ve got at the moment in terms of the new set up, but in all honesty I think the changes have destroyed our pace.”
All of Sunday’s action is live on ITV4.