Plato takes pole at silverstone to try and take the BTCC title fight to Turkington

Plato on pole (photo by Marc Waller)Jason Plato has beaten championship rival Colin Turkington to pole here at Silverstone. Plato set his best lap on only his fourth lap.

Turkington was only six hundredths off Plato’s time and split the two works MG’s with Tordoff only 3 thousandths of a second behind.

Airwaves Mat Jackson was an excellent fourth in his Ford Focus ahead of the Restart racing pair of Arom Smith and Alain Menu. Tom Ingram produced his best time of the day when it mattered most to take seventh ahead of Marc Hynes having one of his best qualifying sessions of the season in eighth. He was one of many drivers who had times disallowed due to exceeding the track limits. The others were Tordoff, Hines, Scott and Clarke.

Adam Morgan was in the top ten again in ninth and the top ten was compeleted by Exocet racing’s Rob Austin. His team mate Hunter Abbott again had no luck and ended up twenty eighth but he is making a name for himself as a driver who can Austin in the top ten (photo by Marc Waller)Hynes got a top ten slot despite losing his best time (photo by Marc Waller)Jordan was the best Honda (photo by Marc Waller)Neal isn't having a good weekend (photo by Marc Waller)Shedden struggled (photo by Marc Waller)charge through the field so expect him to climb rapidly up the order in race one tomorrow. The biggest surprise though came with the positions of the Honda runners, both the works Yuasa Honda Racing team and Pirtek racing struggled. Andrew Jordan is the best of them in sixteenth then comes Shedden and Neal. Jordan’s team mate Depper is twenty third. Although Honda do always say that it’s a circuit that doesn’t suit them, they were running much higher up the order earlier in the day. If they can turn things around they could be charging up the field come race one tomorrow.

Plato will need to try and keep Turkington behind him on the start tomorrow if he is to stand any chance of winning to keep his championship chances alive. Turkington will want to stay out of trouble but he will also want to win so we could see some dramatic action between the two championship rivals.

Tickets are available on the gate tomorrow or you can watch on ITV4 as usual.

Full times from today’s session are available on TSL Timing.  By Marc Waller

Ingram inpressed again (photo by Marc Waller) Tordoff narrowly beaten by Turkington (photo by Marc Waller) Turkington looking good for his second BTCC title (photo by Marc Waller) Jackson went well (photo by Marc Waller) Smith is quick (photo by Marc Waller) Menu seems to be finally getting the hang of NGTC cars


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