Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit: Plato in impressive form at Snetterton

MG's Jason Plato has taken a commanding BTCC pole-position at Snetterton, confirming the former double-champion isn't out of the title race just yet.
Triple Eight's Jason Plato has taken an easy BTCC pole-position at Snetterton with more seemingly to be in his MG6's tank despite ending the session over six-tenths quicker than anyone else.

Having already caught the attention of the entire field after going nearly 1.5 seconds faster than his nearest challenger during practice, Plato maintained his devastating Snetterton supremacy and clinched his second pole of the year with a 1 minute 56.495 second lap.

With his only and opening run already three-quarters of a second up on anyone else, Plato opted not to initiate a serious second run, although the KX Clubcard Fuel Save did take to the circuit on fresh tyres just in case an injection of pace was needed.

Equally as impressive was championship leader Colin Turkington, who managed to qualify within half a second of the MG6 despite carrying full success weight on a ballast hungry circuit.

His eBay BMW in turn was a further three-tenths quicker than Plato's team mate Sam Tordoff, who ensured two MG's made it into the top three.

Honda's Matt Neal, perhaps displaying a resurgence in form, qualified as the top factory Yuasa driver in fourth while VW's Alain Menu made sure it's all title winning third row in fifth.

Impressing yet again was the BTCC rookie of Tom Ingram, who once again finds his Speedworks Avensis buried within the top ten in sixth.

The next four cars, led by the Oulton Park race winner Aron Smith, staggeringly, could only be separated by half a second around the near two minute Norfolk circuit.

Having earlier told a top ten was on the cards Jack Goff matched his expectations by the slender margin of seven-hundredths of a second to make it an impressive three VW's within the top ten.

Mercedes' Adam Morgan and Airwaves' Mat Jackson found themselves as the meat within the VW sandwich in eighth and ninth.

Tagged as: Snetterton , MG , Jason Plato

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Jason Plato (GBR) MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save MG6 GT
Sam Tordoff (GBR) Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport
Sam Tordoff (GBR) Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport
Ashley Sutton (GBR) MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6
Jeff Smith (GBR) Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R
Aron Smith (IRL) BKR Volkswagen CC
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
Gordon Shedden (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
Jason Plato (GBR) Subaru Team BMR Subaru Levorg GT
Matt Neal (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
Matt Neal (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
Matt Neal (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
Matt Neal (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing, Honda Civic Type R
Adam Morgan (GBR) WIX Racing Mercedes A-Class
Adam Morgan (GBR) WIX Racing Mercedes A-Class
Alex Martin (GBR) Dextra Racing with Team Parker Ford Focus
Daniel Lloyd (GBR) Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R
Tom Ingram (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis

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August 02, 2014 6:35 PM

Looking at the picture, and it's not just JP, what is the point of having kerbs/rumble strips/whatever? His car is almost - almost - entirely off of the circuit. I know circuits have to be mindful of kerb heights if they host bikes, but surely it's not beyond the wit of man to have a solution to this?

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