Jason Plato left it late but the two-time champion took his second pole position of the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship campaign in his NGTC-specification MG KX Momentum Racing MG6.
The track was evolving after every lap with the times tumbling and the lead changing numerous times throughout the 30-minute session. Gordon Shedden was the early pace-setter in the Honda Racing Honda Civic before Andrew Jordan in the sister Honda Civic and then team-mate Matt Neal went quicker to hold the top spot.
But it was Jason Plato who would put a perfect lap together with just seconds left on the clock to take pole position giving him the best possible chance of a race win in tomorrows first race of the day.
“A good day, we’ve learnt a bit more about the car, although it’s not quite where we want it to be yet,” said Plato. “There is inherently good pace though and I’m obviously delighted to be on pole. I’m pretty confident for tomorrow; we’re hoping to be strong and win some races.”
Matt Neal will start alongside Plato on the grid with Rob Collard and Andrew Jordan on the second row. Gordon Shedden will start from 5th ahead of the second BMW of Tom Onslow-Cole.
There was a minor off for a few of the drivers including Jason Plato who fell foul of the standing water on the exit of Cascades which also caught out Jeff Smith and Nick Foster.
Dan Welch will be pleased with his performance as he brought home the Proton Persona in 8th fastest just behind the Toyota Avensis of Frank Wrathall with Dave Newsham and Mat Jackson rounding out the top ten.
Debutant, Will Bratt, will start his first BTCC race from 18th as he still gets up to grips with the NGTC-Audi A4 after making the step up to touring cars from his single seater background.
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For the grid for the race one click here.
Photo Credit: Pete Mainey