Jason Plato said he was chuffed with a place on the second row of the grid for his first HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship race weekend under the Racing Silverline banner.
Plato confirmed on the eve of the Thruxton weekend that his deal to campaign an RML-run Chevrolet Lacetti had been extended to take in the remainder of the season, with the 2001 title winner now looking to build on his win in the season opener at Brands Hatch.
The start of the weekend didn't go to plan for Plato after he suffered suspension failure in the opening practice session, but after a solid run in second practice, Plato then used the speed of the Lacetti to secure third on the grid for the first race of the weekend.
While admitting he was happy with his performance, Plato said it remained to be seen whether he could take the fight to the Vauxhalls on race day and said he may elect to run a conservative set-up to make sure he brings the car home for more points to add to his tally.
"I'm chuffed with that,” he said. “I learnt a lot on my first attempt and applied what I learnt to that final run.
“Whether we can challenge the Vauxhalls tomorrow, I don't know. I lost the first practice session with a problem so I haven't had chance to fully assess the tyre situation which is critical here so we may have to run a slightly conservative set-up.
“On saying that, I'd prefer that - you don't score points by getting a puncture on the last lap."