MG's Jason Plato says he is going to 'fight accordingly' in tomorrow's three Brands Hatch BTCC races as the former double champion vies to add to his 87-strong victory tally.

The Triple Eight Engineering man brilliantly came out on top to claim a dramatic pole-position at a wet-dry Brands Hatch qualifying extravaganza while his chief championship rival Colin Turkington ended the session fourth.

Plato stills trails Turkington by 49-points but said it was a pleasure to emerge from Saturday's tricky conditions on top of the BTCC pile.

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The MG-man also admitted he could have gone even faster had the red flag not have stopped play with three-minutes of the session to go despite having already snatched pole by a full second.

By session end, Plato's nearest challenger was team mate Sam Tordoff, who himself could only get to within an astonishing nine-tenths of the BTCC veteran.

"Yeah the conditions made it interesting. I love it when it's like that. It's not about the set up, having any advantages or disadvantages; it's purely the bloke behind the wheel," Plato told crash.net.

"So yeah I love when it's like that because it's a true reflection of who is good and who isn't.

"You've just got to keep your head in the right place, get through the programme, try and predict what the weathers going to do and make sure you're on the track at the right time.

"The lap which was red flagged would have been epic. I was only 0.150s, at the exit of Surtees, off my previous dry best in the first sector from FP2. OK I would have lost a bit round the rest of the lap but not much."

Plato made it clear that it would take a disaster to inherit the title from WSR's Turkington tomorrow but says he will still fight the championship leader accordingly to grab race victories off the Ulsterman.

"The mindset for me is to win races. Colin's behind me but he's got his own race to win. I just want to win races. If he's in front of me I'm going to fight accordingly," he continued.

"Colin, if he's front of me will just stand in my way to win races and he'll know that so I'll drive accordingly. I want to win those races tomorrow."

Finally, Plato believes Turkington is the right man to the championship given the WSR driver's performance this season despite the MG man's grievances with the current state of regulations.

"Honestly, I genuinely don't wish disaster on him tomorrow, because that's what it will take for me to win the title. I don't wish that on him," said Plato.

"He's driven incredibly well this year, the team have given him the car to do that and he's sewn the advantage, he should win it.

"It would be wrong if he didn't win it actually. So I don't wish that upon them. They deserve it, so congratulations and well done."