Jason Plato says the developments made to his MG over the winter are having more of an effect at Donington Park after clinching his first BTCC pole of the year.

Plato took an impressive pole-position earlier at Donington after producing a record breaking lap just over a tenth quicker than Honda's Gordon Shedden.

His MG team mate Sam Tordoff also confirmed the Triple Eight machines scintillating performance in third.

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The former double-champion says the Donington layout has allowed their winter developments, made to the MG6, to properly stretch its legs after having been confined around the tighter Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

"We made a lot of changes over the winter. We've got a new front aero package and a new philosophy over the control of the body," Plato told crash.net

"Paddock Hill at Brands Hatch was probably the only corner on the circuit where these developments started to show. Its only when we get to circuits like this, where the corners are long and sweeping do we get the benefit of our developments. And I think the parts are working well."

Looking forward to tomorrow's races Plato believes he's in with a good chance to add to his victory tally admitting nothing less than two podium finishes will suffice for his championship assault.

The BTCC-legend also recognises the outside threat, namely the fast-starting BMW's, in an ultra close field.

"We're going be quick with a very good chance of winning races tomorrow but that also depends on how good the BMW's are off the line etc, so you never can tell.

"But the main thing is a minimum of two podiums and a top six finish in race three. If we can get 40 points plus a weekend then that wins the championship."