BTCC Knockhill: Jason Plato on pole for his 500th BTCC race

Jason Plato has taken pole position for his 500th race in the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill in Scotland after a last-gasp effort during qualifying

BTCC Knockhill: Jason Plato on pole for his 500th BTCC race

The Subaru Team BMR driver snatched the top spot from Speedworks Toyota driver Tom Ingram as he passed the chequered flag to seal a 49th career pole.

Plato, who is carrying no success ballast coming in to the meeting because he is languishing in 11th in the points, said: "It was tough to get the lap because there was a lot of traffic.

"I managed to get a pretty OK lap, apart from coming across a Honda at the last corner, but I managed to get the corner right despite not being able to see the apex properly.

"It was a relief really, because I knew there was a pole time in the car."

Ingram held on to second spot in the session that was interrupted twice when backmarkers went off, leaving a five-minute charge for pole.

Ingram pipped Tordoff's WSR BMW 125i M Sport time with minutes to go before Plato's charge.

Behind Tordoff, his team-mate Jack Goff snatched the fourth best time in the dying moments.

Colin Turkington was on pole in the opening part of the running but the Subaru Team BMR driver fell to fifth at the end.

Andrew Jordan planted his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus sixth from Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R driver Matt Neal.

Adam Morgan (Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class) will line up eighth from Rob Austin (Handy Toyota Avensis) and returning home favourite Dave Newsham (Power Maxed Chevrolet).

Works Honda driver Gordon Shedden suffered turbo problems during the session and could only manage 11th.

"I think we were 20 or 30 horsepower down, there was just no boost," said the Scot. "We have a lot of work to do."

Championship leader Rob Collard, carrying 75kg of success ballast, was 18th.

RACE ONE GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 51.521s -
2 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 51.542s 0.021s
3 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 51.551s 0.030s
4 Jack Goff WSR BMW 51.567s 0.046s
5 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 51.619s 0.098s
6 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 51.818s 0.297s
7 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 51.880s 0.359s
8 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 51.899s 0.378s
9 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 51.912s 0.391s
10 Dave Newsham Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 51.958s 0.437s
11 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 51.983s 0.462s
12 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 51.984s 0.463s
13 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 52.015s 0.494s
14 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 52.062s 0.541s
15 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 52.105s 0.584s
16 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 52.106s 0.585s
17 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 52.127s 0.606s
18 Rob Collard WSR BMW 52.165s 0.644s
19 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 52.190s 0.669s
20 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 52.269s 0.748s
21 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 52.289s 0.768s
22 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 52.350s 0.829s
23 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 52.366s 0.845s
24 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 52.407s 0.886s
25 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 52.457s 0.936s
26 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 52.517s 0.996s
27 Michael Caine Team Hard Toyota 52.616s 1.095s
28 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 52.932s 1.411s
29 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 52.942s 1.421s
30 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 53.468s 1.947s
31 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 53.923s 2.402s


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