BTCC: Plato Takes Oulton Park Pole


Team BMR‘s Jason Plato continued to dominate the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship weekend, taking pole position at Oulton Park this afternoon.

Throughout free practice, Plato was the only driver to set lap times in the 1 minute 25s, but by the end of the 30 minute qualifying session, six other drivers would be below 1:26.

Plato set the pace early in the session, with a 1:25.575 only a few minutes in. Soon after, Andy Priaulx and Matt Neal completed the top three, before the Honda Yuasa Racing driver set a lap time just 0.011 seconds off Plato’s new overall best, a 1:25.484 that would remain unbeaten.

There was drama in the MG Triple Eight Racing garage when Jack Goff‘s MG6 failed the ride height test. He had all of his lap times removed, and had less that ten minutes for the team to fix the car and for him to move out of 27th place. With two flying laps available, it was right at the end of the session when he posted a 1:26.024 which placed him in 8th.

With a few minutes left in the session, West Surrey Racing‘s Andy Priaulx moved up into third position, behind Plato and Neal.

In fourth place is Andrew Jordan, followed by Gordon Shedden. Despite being held up by traffic at the end of his last lap, Shedden still managed to set his personal best lap time at the last minute.

Starting from sixth will be Colin Turkington, followed by BMR teammate Aron Smith. Rounding out the top ten are Jack Goff, Tom Ingram (Speedworks Motorsport) and WIX Racing‘s Adam Morgan.

Race 1 will start tomorrow at 12:15.