A Slippery Pole For Plato

26th August 2012
Jason Plato secured his and MG KX Momentum Racing’s third Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) Pole Position of the season at Knockhill this afternoon, after a slippery, action packed 30 minute Qualifying session in the Scottish rain.
The First Practice session of the day started under heavy cloud cover, but with dry track conditions. Jason made good use of the session to complete 24 tours of the short 1.3 mile circuit in Fife. Working through his programme and playing with the set-up of the MG 6GT, Jason ended the session in a solid 6th position. Andy suffered a small technical hiccup on his #44 MG, which restricted him to just 19 laps and 17th position.
As the cars rolled out for the Second Practice session the track was still dry and the sun even threatened to break through the cloud. The MG KX Momentum crew decided to use the session to experiment with some technical changes on both of their MG 6GT’s. It proved to be the wrong direction for the Triple Eight run squad though, with both cars finishing outside the top 10.
Around thirty minutes before the start of the all-important Qualifying session the heavens opened over Knockhill. The heavy downpour ensured the session would be a tense affair. Jason Plato immediately showed that the car had good pace in the wet, as he moved towards the top of time sheets with his first effort. The session was interrupted several times with yellow flags being waved for spun cars. Through the chaos, Jason kept his head and posted a 57.128, three tenths quicker than P2 man Rob Collard. With just a few minutes remaining both Jordan and Morgan made contact with the wall and the red flag was shown, ending the session and ensuring another Pole for Plato.
Jason Plato (#99), BTCC Standings 3rd – 246 points:
“A good day today, we started solidly in Practice One, but then went the wrong way on the set-up in Practice 2, but it’s all good information. Then the rain came for Qualifying and straight away I felt we had a good chance and so it proved. I think it’s fair to say we blew everybody’s doors off today!”
Andy Neate (#44), BTCC Standings: 17th – 52 points:
“An issue in FP1 curtailed my running and then the experimental set-up that JP and I ran in FP2 didn’t really work for either of us. In Qualifying the car was great; I just over drove it a little bit and having now reviewed the data, I understand where I went wrong. We’ve got a decent car for tomorrow though, so fingers crossed.”
Ian Harrison, Team Principal, BTCC Standings: Teams - 4th – 292 points, Manufacturers – 2nd - 458 points:
“We pulled it out the bag today with another pole for Jason, the weather changed to monsoon conditions, which suited us and Jason just did what he does; he got the car hooked and delivered a good lap. If Andy could have stuck all his sectors together, he could have been further up. But that’s all part of the learning, in what were difficult conditions. It’s supposed to be dry tomorrow, so that should help him a little bit.”

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Article Last Updated 26th August 2012