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Knockhill: Plato: I knew I had the pace

Subaru's Jason Plato knew he the pace capable of claiming pole position but was 'relieved' to produce the lap amidst a frenetic climax to the BTCC season at Knockhill.
Double British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato insists he knew his Subaru Levorg was capable of guiding him to pole position but says the matter of producing the ultimate lap was far from a foregone conclusion at Knockhill.

Plato had fallen from the top-spot in the dying minutes of the session but crossed the line just before the chequered flag fell, meaning the Silverline Subaru BMR Racing driver would get one final roll of the dice.

Crucially, Plato's last gasp effort proved to be his best and subsequently denied Tom Ingram pole position by just 0.021s, ensuring the 94-time race winner will start his 500th race at the front of the field.

Plato had already led large chunks of the session but the 48-year old said each of his previous efforts had been hampered around the 1.27 mile circuit, which traditionally becomes congested during qualifying.

"Going into the last lap I knew I had the pace in the car, we just had to get a clean lap in around here with the traffic. Every one I did was getting spoiled in one way or another. I'm chuffed with that and I think I'll get a strong start tomorrow," said Plato.

"Everything has to be perfect around here. I was relieved to get the lap in and had I not got pole I'd have been frustrated. We've got a good balance and we're in good shape."




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