Plato sets new lap record at Donington
Jason Plato scored in the MG6 his first pole position of the 2014 BTCC at Donington Park, as he set the new lap record of 1:09.460, finishing ahead of Honda Yuasa Racing’s Gordon Shedden. Shedden’s front row start will be the first for the all-new Civic Tourer.
Plato’s team mate Sam Tordoff, who is celebrating his 25th birthday today, finished third. Colin Turkington, in the eBay Motors BMW, jumped ahead of both VWs of Aron Smith and Alain Menu to take fourth. They did benefit from a rival’s misfortune, however, when WIX Racing’s Adam Morgan had all of his lap times removed from the classification after his Mercedes failed a mid-session ride height test. The A-Class driver had time to correct the issue and return to the circuit as he set a time good enough for 17th late on and with one final flyer remaining before the chequered flag fell he looked likely to rise further still, but he unfortunately lost control of his machine at Redgate and ran off the circuit.
Andrew Jordan was sevent in the Pirtek Racing’s Honda Civic and he will line-up alongside Jack Goff’s Vauxhall Insignia for tomorrow’s opening race. Matt Neal – also running with significant weight due to his current second place in the drivers’ standings – took ninth, whilst Marc Hynes confirmed the pace of the MG6 by rounding out the top ten. Fabrizio Giovanardi (Ford Focus Airwaves Racing) ended 11th.