Jason Plato was left with mixed emotions after returning to the front of the grid to take his 50th career pole position at Knockhill.
In what turned out be a breathtaking session where conditions went from damp to dry and times continued to tumble, the Team BMR driver emerged as the last driver to cross the line and ultimately snatched top spot as the chequered flag flew.
Despite hitting the front for the first time since the corresponding event last year, the double champion is realistic of what could be achieved over the course of tomorrow’s three encounters around the Fife circuit.
“Of course I am pleased to get pole position, it is always better to start at the front, but I am a little bit numb about everything” Plato told BTCC Crazy. “If that had been a traditional qualifying session [dry conditions throughout] then I wouldn’t have been as high as I was, probably eighth or ninth.
“Each lap it was getting drier I could feel the understeer coming on more and more. We still have this issue in the car that we can’t get to the bottom of and that is incredibly frustrating.
“As it stands, I don’t have the pace to challenge Ash [Sutton] at the moment and as a driver that is a difficult thing to swallow – however it is what I have done this season and will continue to do.
“Tomorrow, I’m going to turn up, give it everything I have and we will see where that puts us. We have no weight in the car which helps and I have an open mind. Given how this year has gone though it will be difficult.”
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