Team BMR's Jason Plato hopes the timing of running the mandatory soft tyre will not disrupt the chance of maintaining his so far exemplary Oulton Park form.

The 90-time BTCC race winner attacked today's qualifying [Saturday] in the same manner in which he approached the two practice sessions to triumphantly record his first pole position of the 2015 season in BMR colours.

Despite topping every session so far this weekend, Plato faced more of battle than the practice times suggested as Honda's Matt Neal and BMW's Andy Priaulx both came perilously close to spoiling the Volkswagen man's afternoon.

"Yeah, very pleased with pole position. We've had a good day," Plato told crash.net. "We've still got to run the soft tyre and none of us want to run that.

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"I've got three races tomorrow and I'll only be in the running for two of them because we've got to run the soft tyre in one of them.

"There's a bit of a lottery about when you run it because if I run the soft tyre in race one, and so does everyone else, what a great choice that is! If I run it in race one - being the only one - then it's stupid and it will ruin my weekend. So the soft tyre has got to go."

Plato's crusade to pole position did receive one moment of drama when the brake disk of his Volkswagen CC flickered with minor flames in the pit-lane.

"It was a late call to pit and then I got caught on the scales. It's very hard round here on brakes. When a racing car stops still the brakes get hot and everything burns," Plato concluded.