Jason Plato snatches last-gasp pole position at Knockhill

Jason Plato left it to the final second of qualifying at Knockhill to bag his first pole position of the season, leading a Team BMR 1-2 with team-mate Ashley Sutton joining him on the front row.

In what proved to be an equally dramatic and entertaining shootout for top spot, the double champion was on the track at the right time to bag his 50th career pole position.

With damp conditions seeing many drivers spin early on, sunshine broke through the clouds late on to see conditions improve and with it, the times begin to tumble.

Back at the scene of his last pole position in the series, Plato emerged as the final driver to cross the line and set a best time of 52.579 – which was good enough for top spot.

Championship contender Sutton survived a high-speed spin early in the session as he pushed the limits of the car and the conditions and would ultimately finish second, making it an all Subaru Levorg front row.

Colin Turkington and Rob Collard made it an all West Surrey Racing row two, the latter bouncing back from a mysterious mechanical issue that forced him to sit out a majority of the session.

Tom Ingram finished as the top front-wheel-drive car in fifth whilst James Cole made it three Team BMR cars in the top six as he bagged his career-best qualifying.

Senna Proctor was another to secure his career-best qualifying with seventh. The Power Maxed Racing driver had momentarily ran as high as second.

Dave Newsham, hometown hero Gordon Shedden (who was one of the first to brave running slick tyres) and Adam Morgan rounded out the top ten.

Josh Cook gave MG Triple Eight Racing plenty to smile about with 11th whilst Mat Jackson will have been left to think what might have been ending 12th. The Motorbase Performance driver had been a shoe-in for pole position at one stage.

There were plenty of drivers however that missed out on being on the track at the right time with the likes of Jack Goff, Andrew Jordan and Matt Neal all outside the top ten.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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