Plato takes last gasp Pole

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Jason Plato snatched Pole Position at Rockingham, ahead of Round 25 of the BTCC. He took 1st with a record lap of 1m24.087s to beat team-mate Mat Jackson with only three minutes remaining.

Another late effort, this time from Airwaves BMW driver Jonathan Adam knocked Jackson down to 3rd place on the grid, but ahead of the first West Surrey Racing entry of Stephen Jelley.

Paul O’Neill took a brilliant 5th place with his BTC-spec Honda Integra, ahead of series returnee Gordon Shedden driving for his new team, GR-Asia.

Rob Collard qualified 8th, despite his car suffering a mechanical failure at Tarzan Hairpin midway through the session.

10 minutes into qualifying, chaos ensued after Matt Hamilton‘s Integra dropped oil on the circuit at Pif-Paf, and the session was halted to cover the oil slick in cement dust, as several cars were involved, including O’Neill, Collard, Harry Vaulkhard, David Pinkney and Colin Turkington.

Turkington had a nightmare session, qualifying a dissapointing 14th, while championship rival Fabrizio Giovanardi crucially qualified 7 places ahead. Giovanardi is also helped by team-mate Andrew Jordan qualifying between him and Turkington, and the third VX Racing machine of Matt Neal also starts a place behind Turkington.

Qualifying Results

Pos  Driver               Car        Time       Gap
 1.  Jason Plato          Chevrolet  1m24.087s
 2.  Jonathan Adam        BMW        1m24.194s  + 0.107s
 3.  Mat Jackson          Chevrolet  1m24.300s  + 0.213s
 4.  Stephen Jelley       BMW        1m24.353s  + 0.266s
 5.  Paul O'Neill         Honda      1m24.505s  + 0.418s
 6.  Gordon Shedden       SEAT       1m24.553s  + 0.466s
 7.  Fabrizio Giovanardi  Vauxhall   1m24.568s  + 0.481s
 8.  Rob Collard          BMW        1m24.626s  + 0.539s
 9.  Johnny Herbert       Honda      1m24.656s  + 0.569s
10.  Tom Chilton          Ford       1m24.700s  + 0.613s
11.  Andrew Jordan        Vauxhall   1m24.711s  + 0.624s
12.  James Nash           Chevrolet  1m24.744s  + 0.657s
13.  Harry Vaulkhard      Chevrolet  1m24.776s  + 0.689s
14.  Colin Turkington     BMW        1m24.801s  + 0.714s
15.  Matt Neal            Vauxhall   1m24.937s  + 0.850s
16.  David Pinkney        Honda      1m25.088s  + 1.001s
17.  Tom Onslow-Cole      Ford       1m25.232s  + 1.145s
18.  Anthony Reid         BMW        1m25.377s  + 1.290s
19.  Martin Johnson       Vauxhall   1m26.800s  + 2.713s
20.  Matthew Hamilton     Honda      1m28.969s  + 4.882s
21.  John George          Honda
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