STEVE PLATER EYES PODIUM PLACE AT ALBACETE 8 HOUR

Steve Plater is targeting a podium finish once he resumes his World Endurance campaign. Next up for the squad is the Albacete 8 Hour which finished a solid fifth at first race of the season, the Bol d’Or 24 Hour in France.

With  one of the toughest races of the season out of the way, Plater believes the team can push for the top three in south-east Spain.

“We’re in it to win,” declared the Woodhall Spa racer. “It’s not easy because there are a lot of strong teams out there. ”Team Suzuki, the world champions, will be there so it’s going to be hard. ”But I feel we’ll be even more competitive at Albacete.”

Plater says the approach to this weekend’s eight-hour race will be completely differently compared to the first round of the series.

“Not only is it an eight hour as opposed to a 24-hour race but it is also a completely different circuit,” he said. ”It’s a more aggressive, busy track and it’s much more suited to my riding style so I’ll be pushing hard. ”It’s still a difficult task as there are only two riders (Plater and McGuinness with Amor as reserve) instead of three this time, but I’m really looking forward to it. ”It’s my kind of race, I’ve won there before so hopefully we can get a bit nearer to the podium.”

 

After finishing third and second at the two British Supersport races at Croft last weekend, Plater has been at practice ahead of the North West 200 this week.

The 42-year-old suffered a broken neck and arm at Northern Ireland venue last year and has since retired from road racing.

“I’ve been to North West 200 to help out with the new guys,” he explained. “I gave them a briefing before the first practice session on Tuesday. ”I helped out with a few safety issues as well, just checking over the track and giving my opinion on things.”

After this weekend’s race, Plater will then move onto the Isle of Man TT.

“I’m working for TV for the two weeks and working as co-ordinator for the TT Legends team – John McGuiness and Kieth Amor – and hopefully helping them to some trophies.”

Plater admits it will be hard not racing at the TT, where he tasted victory in 2009.

“For sure it will be hard, but the good thing is that’ll be doing the parade lap so I’ll get to ride the track,” he added.

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