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Brands Hatch: Plato not surprised to miss pole

Jason Plato: Honestly I'm not surprised because I didn't do a good enough job in the car. I made a couple of tiny mistakes and those are mistakes which I know has cost me time.
MG's Jason Plato admitted he was a 'little bit disappointed' to miss out on pole position for the opening BTCC weekend at Brands Hatch but is still targeting race wins.

Plato had led all of the free practice running and most of the qualifying but was narrowly ousted from the top spot by reigning champion Andrew Jordan by a mere twelve-thousandths of a second.

Plato, along with admitting he didn't quite optimise the most from his 888 run MG6, paid tribute to Jordan's pole-position lap.

“Honestly I'm not surprised we didn't get pole because I didn't do a good enough job in the car,” Plato told crash.net.

“I made a couple of tiny mistakes and those are mistakes which I know has cost me time. Andrew has the ability to produce a mega lap at the right time and he did that today.”

The former double champion also believes the issues his MG squad encountered with the car leading up to season hasn't helped their cause.

“We've had a few issues with the car leading up to the season,” said Plato.

“The week before the media test was the last time I drove a 'proper' car without any problems. Everything we've done since hasn't been trouble free and we haven't been able to do the laps as a result.

“We only sorted the issues that existed from pre-season this morning having still had problems with the car during yesterday's TV running.

“I think I'm also a little bit rusty as a result of the intermittent running and that's probably where those missing thousandths are.”

Finally, Plato did add he feels the pace is still there to challenge for race wins tomorrow.

“There's obviously pace in the car considering the tyres we were running in free practice, but it was only stop-start, stop-start running rather than a long evolution race run.

“We're going to be competitive, it's going to be close but the target tomorrow is to win races.”


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