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Pole Man Plato: ‘There’s More Still In The Tank’

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Jason Plato sent out a message to his rivals after qualifying that there may be more speed to come from his MG6, after leading a front row lockout in qualifying for the Triple Eight outfit at Silverstone.

The double BTCC champion headed a fourth 1-2 result in qualifying sessions for 2013 for the MG KX Momentum Racing squad, repeating the results of Oulton Park and Rockingham by beating his team-mate Sam Tordoff who missed out on a Snetterton repeat by a mere o.oo9s.

Plato also shattered his own 2012 lap record by 0.507s as he and his rookie team-mate slipstreamed each other around the 1.6 mile circuit during the ultimately pace-setting first half of the session.

Plato admitted that he could have gone even faster had he not encountered traffic in one of his latest efforts, and hinted that he may have more speed in store for his rivals on Sunday.

“We had an inner peace and inner calmness beforehand”, Plato said after his third pole position of the year.

“We were quick in practice one and two, and we’ve got some good data for tomorrow. There’s a bit left in the tank – I caught Lea Wood on what could have been a quicker lap but it wasn’t his fault because he was on a lap.

“It’s probably an old saying, that it’s better to have nine thousands than not!”

Despite the MG6’s wet weather performance showing encouraging signs of improvement at Croft earlier in the season, Plato remained hopeful that the Northampton weather stays clear for tomorrow’s action.

“When we do things right, in the dry the MG is quick. We just need to get through it without any problems. It’s another 1-2 for the team in qualifying but tomorrow is a different day, and and we have to convert this performance into race winning performances.

“I don’t think we’re going to have much wet weather tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to it and hopefully we can put on a good show for the fans.”

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