Jason Plato predicting tough qualifying if track conditions continue to improve

Jason Plato is hoping conditions at Silverstone remain as they are after topping opening practice in his Team BMR Subaru Levorg.

Plato left it late in the session to hit the top of the timesheets on a damp circuit, leading his team-mate and championship leader Ashley Sutton.

Stating that the quartet of rear-wheel-drive cars have had a boost reduction for this round, the 49-year-old believes that if the track is dry in qualifying then things will be a lot tougher for them to fight at the front.

“Practice means nothing,” the double champion said. “The track played into our hands a little bit. We made some evolution with the car in those greasy conditions which is good.

“If it drys out then we will struggle because our handling prowess will even out and engine power will become everything.

“We have a brilliant car but our lap time comes from the corners. Our engine has been turned down again too so we will be at the mercy of others if it is bone dry. If it does rain though for qualifying then we’ve got a good chance.”

Out of title contention, Plato’s main focus alongside winning races in the remaining events is to aid his team-mate Sutton, as he seeks to score a maiden BTCC drivers’ title.

He explained: “We’re all out to help Ashley. Even if I was leading a race I would happily give the win to him if he is behind me, providing someone can provide my win bonus.”

Free practice two is scheduled to get underway at 12:05.

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