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Jun 7, 2012
Jason Plato has obliterated the Donington Park lap record on his way to scoring his first pole position of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

The Leicestershire circuit had been a hive of activity and speed during practice with lap times already dipping under Gordon Shedden’s pole position time from 2013. Many were predicting a record breaking qualifying session and those predictions proved correct as Sam Tordoff was the first to clock a time in 1m9s bracket, before he was quickly relegated down the order by his MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save team-mate Plato.

Shedden’s liking for Donington clearly hadn’t diminished, as the Scotsman took second this time around with birthday boy Tordoff having to settle for third. Honda Yuasa Racing’s Shedden will start the Civic Tourer from the front row for this first time, which will also be the first for an ‘estate’ style car in the BTCC.

Colin Turkington went about his business in the usual professional manner and although the eBay Motors BMW failed to trouble the fight for pole position, the Ulsterman produced a stellar to jump ahead of both VW’s.

Aron Smith and Alain Menu will still line-up an impressive fifth and sixth but such was the pace of the Passats during practice, that the Chrome Edition Restart Racing drivers will be slightly disappointed not to have made the first two rows.

They did benefit from a rival’s misfortune, however, when WIX Racing’s Adam Morgan had all of his times removed from the classification after his Mercedes A-Class failed a mid-session ride height test. Morgan seemed cemented in a fantastic fifth at the time and although he had time to correct the issue and return to the circuit, he went on to face further late heartache. He did set a time good enough for 17th late on and with one final flyer remaining before the chequered flag fell he seemed likely to rise further still, but he unfortunately lost control at Redgate and spun the car.

Morgan’s loss was Andrew Jordan’s gain as the ballast-laden Honda Civic took an encouraging seventh 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.

Click here for a classification of qualifying from Donington Park.

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