Former double British Touring Car Championship Jason Plato took pleasure from securing his 50th pole position in the series, but is braced for a 'tough' race day if the conditions dry up at Knockhill.

Plato defeated his in-form Adrian Flux Subaru Racing team mate Ashley Sutton to the tune of 0.089s following a breath-taking conclusion in the earlier 30-minute qualifying shootout.

The 95-time race winner perfectly timed his final effort amidst the progressively drying conditions to seal pole position at almost the last possible moment.

Whilst Plato was 'chuffed' with the outcome of his qualifying effort, the 49-year old admits his ongoing battle with a 'lack of front-end grip' is still a high concern.

"Of course I’m pleased. The reasons to smile is that the heavens dealt a tricky circuit. Had it been dry, I’d have been eighth or ninth. We just don’t have the front grip pace in the car," said Plato.

"Whilst I’m happy, I’m still p****d off because I know ultimately the pace isn’t there. Each lap it got drier and drier and I could feel the understeer coming over the horizon.

"We saw the difference in what my car was like in the dry in free-practice, it’s miles off in crucial corners compared to Ashley’s [Sutton]. There’s nothing I can do about it.

"Yes I’m chuffed to get pole but I’m still deeply unhappy. I know that might sound odd but this is my life. I’m still uncompetitive when it’s dry. I need some tricky circumstances for me to then do something."

Knowing consolidating pole position into a victory will be a tall order in dry circumstances, Plato has already turned his attentions towards helping his team mate Ashley Sutton's championship bid.

"It’s better to be at the front than mid-pack. But unless we can sort the understeer out, and we haven’t sorted it this year, it’s going to be a tough race. The last thing I want to do is get in the way of Ash," Plato continued.

"There’s probably going to be some quite tricky team choices and serious conversations that will happen tomorrow, which I’m happy to have. My job is to help him win the championship. I can’t win it so my job is to help him win – end of."

 

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