Plato upbeat after strong qualifying

Jason Plato has targeted two wins at Oulton Park after taking pole position for this weekend's British Touring Car Championship round at the Cheshire circuit

Plato upbeat after strong qualifying

The 2001 champion knocked his RML Chevrolet team-mate Mat Jackson off the top spot with a minute of the session remaining, to break James Thompson's five-year-old qualifying record at the track. And he identified a pair of victories, to add to the one he took at Brands Hatch earlier in the season, as his aim.

"This is where I need a big haul of points if I'm going to challenge for this championship," Plato said.

"The target is two wins and a top five in race three. All things being equal, if we have a bit of luck, we have two good starts, things should go well. I'll be able to overtake here as well, I'm sure."

Plato said that the formation of the two-by-two grid, with team-mate Jackson alongside him and Colin Turkington the only BMW within range for race one, ought to allow him to lead into the first corner.

"The grid's about the best I could hope for, because there's no way he's [Turkington] getting past me on the right [into the first corner]," he added.

"If he wants to get past me he'll have to go the long way past. And he'd be a brave man to try that."

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