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Plato believes there is more to come from the MG6 even after taking pole at Donington Park

Jason Plato British Touring Car star Jason Plato believes there is a lot more to come from the new MG6 this season, despite taking pole position for the second round of the season at Donington Park.

Plato pipped Honda rivals Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal to pole with a 1m10.604s lap early in the session. He also set another two times, either side of a brief rain shower, that would have been good enough for the front row.

"I'm pleased with that lap - I managed to get myself in some really good space," said the championship leader.

He believes there is more speed to come from the NGTC machine, as the Triple Eight-run works squad has yet to start performance development work.

"It's moved on since [the season opener at] Brands and we've still got some improvements to make," added Plato. "There's a long way to go.

"After [the next round at] Thruxton, we'll have more information to start our development programme for speed and performance. At the moment we just need to discover our weaknesses and that's our plan for the next couple of weeks."

Plato also achieved pole despite a minor back injury. "I was messing around with the kids - ballet dancing to Angelina Ballerina - and jumped on the bed and tweaked my back!" he said. "I'm a little sore in the car."

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