Team BMR's Jason Plato has said electrical issues, born as a legacy from his late FP1 shunt, cost the double BTCC champion a front row slot at Thruxton.

The BMR racer began the weekend in exemplary fashion after charging to the top of the timesheets in FP1 but his fortunes quickly reversed even before the session ended when a puncture plunged Plato's Volkswagen CC into wall.

That left him unable to run in FP2 which then disguised a further electrical problem that plagued the 89-time race winner's qualifying progress. Plato eventually wound up sixth as his team mate Aron Smith took an emphatic maiden BTCC pole position.

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"Yeah in FP2 we had problems because of the shunt. We had a problem with the steering system. The trouble was the problem wasn't visible as it was damaged internally," said Plato.

"Because we had no proper running in FP2 we didn't realise we incurred some electrical damage as well so we didn't have a gear cut for qualifying. I had to lift off everytime I changed gear rather than keeping the foot flat. We probably lost four-tenths per lap because of that.

"As it turned out it wasn't so bad. I lost a bit of time at turn 1 on the run and then on the exit of the complex I lost quite a bit of time trying to pull a gear. I was up on that lap compared to my 17.1 but the car started to misfire coming out of the final chicane."

Despite the compounding issues, Plato admitted he was grateful the mishaps occurred yesterday in qualifying rather than in the heat of the race day battle.

"Just one of those things but it probably cost me a front row slot, we know that. I'm pleased it happened because if it didn't happen today [Saturday] it would have happened on race day," the 89-time winner continued.

"Legacy of the shunt but we're OK for Sunday; we'll get some good points."

During the practice running Plato was able to complete, the 47-year old concluded that the Volkswagen CC's race pace should prove a match for the eye-catching Honda Type-R's.

"I think our race performance will be good. I think arguably a better performance than the Honda's from looking at the race runs during practice. We're in good shape."