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Imperious Plato dominates BTCC second practice at Snetterton

Saturday, August 02 2014

Double Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato dominated proceedings in the second practice session ahead of this weekend's round at Snetterton today (Saturday). A series of scorching laps from the MG team leader sent an ominous message to his rivals ahead of qualifying.

Missing from the second session was Andrew Jordan, who had been taken to hospital for a precautionary check-up following his earlier accident. However the team was hoping that both he and the car would be ready for qualifying later on.

The eBay Motors BMW of Nick Foster would be the first car to lap the circuit in a comparable time to the earlier, damp session. Beating Menu's benchmark by a tenth, he was quickly usurped by the MGs of Sam Tordoff and then Jason Plato, whose time was within a second of his team mate's pole lap from last year.

Plato's next lap was eight tenths quicker, as the opposition, led by Mat Jackson and Colin Turkington, attempted to close the gap. MG's double champion responded by turning up the wick yet again with a lap half a second under Tordoff's 2013 pole lap.

With his work done, Jason returned to the garage with half of the session remaining. No-one else seemed able to get to within a second of his best effort, and even his team mate was over two seconds behind in ninth place. Best of the rest, Jackson enjoyed a small advantage of almost three tenths over title leader Turkington, who lead a close contingent of Tom Ingram, Jack Goff, Matt Neal and Rob Collard.

Goff improved to third place as the session entered its final ten minutes, proving that the BMR VWs have genuine pace this weekend. Collard improved to head team mate Turkington briefly, before the Ulsterman claimed second, albeit still a second away from Plato's MG.

With just under two minutes to go, one of the Honda Civic Tourers was stranded on the exit of Riches, and with waved yellow flags, the session was effectively over. However Adam Morgan and Sam Tordoff both improved in the final moments, but neither came close to Plato's time.

MG's rivals have just over two hours to find an answer to Plato's pace, with qualifying set to take place at 3:20 today.

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship practice two
1, Jason Plato, MG, MG6, 1:56.197s
2, Colin Turkington, eBay Motors, BMW 125i, +1.176s
3, Adam Morgan, WIX Racing, Mercedes A-Class, +1.206s
4, Mat Jackson, Airwaves Racing, Ford Focus, +1.236s
5, Jack Goff, Team BMR, VW Passat, +1.455s
6, Rob Collard, eBay Motors, BMW 125i, +1.500s
7, Sam Tordoff, MG, MG6, +1.524s
8, Tom Ingram, Speedworks, Toyota Avensis, +1.597s
9, Matt Neal, Honda Racing, Honda Civic, +1.773s
10, Alain Menu, Team BMR, VW Passat, 1.782s

Click here to view the full session result.

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton are available on the gate for £14 on Saturday and £32 on Sunday, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.