Jason Plato's stranglehold over the Donington Park event has shown no sign of deteriorating after the former double British Touring Car champion went even faster to top the FP2 timesheets ahead of Honda's Gordon Shedden.

Once again, a red flag - triggered by Stewart Lines' Avensis stopping dangerously on the entry to Craner Curves - created another disjointed session, with the majority of representative running coming within the final ten minutes.

This time around, Plato had already stamped his authority earlier in the season before the red flag came out but another late surge from the BMR driver saw him further increase his advantage to the rest of the field.

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A 1 minute 9.553 second lap around the former Grand Prix circuit now moves Plato to within just one-tenth of his pole-position record from last season.

Behind the Volkswagen CC, the top places were once again taken up by the same suspects in FP1 as Shedden - in the Civic Type-R - became the only other driver to set a sub 1.10 lap time in second position.

MG's Andrew Jordan - on no ballast - remains a reasonable threat for pole-position in third ahead of the two surging BMR Volkswagen's, led by Colin Turkington closely followed by Aron Smith, in fourth and fifth.

Just missing out on the top-five but impressing, nonetheless, AmD Tuning's Mike Bushell announced himself as best of the rest in sixth position. Tom Ingram improved from his eighth place finish in FP1 to end the final practice seventh ahead of Laser Tools Racing's Aiden Moffat in eighth.

Joint championship leaders Matt Neal and Jack Goff - both laden with 66 kilos of success ballast - will go into qualifying near enough equal on ultimate pace after both of their efforts came to within four-hundredths of a second within each other.

Unlike at Brands Hatch, the West Surrey Racing BMW's seem to be struggling for raw pace around the Donington Park circuit.

Sam Tordoff was the best placed of the RWD 1 Series' in 14th position as last year's championship winning squad appear to be suffering from a severe lack of straight-line speed compared to the front-running cars.