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Plato ends Honda's pole run

Jason Plato secures pole for the fifth round of the BTCC season at Croft
Jason Plato ended Honda's run of pole positions in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after topping the times in qualifying at Croft.

The Silverline Chevrolet man left it late in the session before posting a quickest time of 1min 24.839secs, which allowed him to jump ahead of arch-rival Matt Neal. Neal himself had only just taken provisional pole from the West Surrey Racing BMW of Rob Collard moments before Plato crossed the line.

Alex MacDowall was fourth fastest as three normally aspirated cars filled the top four places, with the Vauxhalls of Andrew Jordan and James Nash completing the top six.

Elsewhere on the grid, Rob Austin was a hugely impressive eleventh quickest in his Audi – the best result to date for a car built to the NGTC-specification regulations – while Tom Onslow-Cole's return to Team Aon ended with the 15th quickest time on the grid.

Shaun Hollamby, back behind the wheel of the AmD Milltek Racing.com VW after Onslow-Cole's departure, was 21st fastest.


Tagged as: Jason Plato , Croft , Chevrolet

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Andy Rouse - Unregistered

June 18, 2011 8:11 PM

Plato acts like he is the only one who is entitled to win. It's not like ALL the turbo cars are beating Plato, only the Honda's. So maybe, just maybe, Honda did a better job over the winter. Plus the Turbo engine is freely available to anyone at a knock down price, it's not like anyone is forcing Silverline chevy to run n/a engines is it? And besides, I don't recall Plato having a problem with turbos when he was driving the TDI Seat a few years back...



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