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Plato takes Snetterton pole

The MG6 of Jason Plato will start Sunday's Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton from pole position.

The two-time champion set the early pace with a lap of 1:56.495 which nobody bettered on a humid afternoon in Norfolk.

Sam Tordoff was 0.759 seconds slower than his team-mate which was good enough to secure third on the grid.

After rain earlier in the day, conditions turned humid and after blitzing both the lap record and 2013 pole time in free practice, Jason set about ensuring the second half of the 2014 season started as intended. The thirty-minute qualifying session was over before it had started, as Jason laid down a mighty 1:56.495 tour of the 2.969-mile circuit.

The result sees Jason continue his sensational qualifying form in the Triple Eight prepared MG, making him the only driver to qualify in the top ten at every event this season, with the Snetterton pole his fifth start from the front row in 2014 and his 45th BTCC career pole-position.

Speaking after the session, Jason said: “It was a good lap, I was pushing really hard out there. We don’t need Colin next to us if I’m honest, I genuinely beat him today but he’ll be heading for the win tomorrow because of the advantage of rear-wheel drive.

Sam was on course to secure a one-two for the MG team, but was eventually pipped to second by the BMW of Colin Turkington.

He said: “It was a strange session. I love this circuit and I expect to be on the front row here, having said that, P3 is okay it’s good to be on the inside of the track for race one tomorrow.”

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