In case you missed it: Plato’s visit to the trees in qualifying

Jason Plato still leads the championship after a solid weekend at a soaking wet Thruxton, but he was the talking point on Saturday when he took a closer look at the scenery after a big spin in qualifying…

Plato was third at the time and looking in good shape to be a challenger for pole position as the session reached its closing stages, and started on another lap that was on course to beat Andrew Jordan and Gordon Shedden’s efforts.

But then as he tipped the MG6 into Church corner – a very high speed right hander – the rear end broke away from him suddenly and the car went backwards on a long trip through the grass, waiting for the ride to stop.

It eventually did as the Triple Eight machine met a tyrewall and went straight through it, testing the reactions of some nearby marshalls before coming to rest parked in the hedges.

On the accident, Plato told btcc.net: “I’m a lucky lad to still end up second but that could have been a very big accident.

“The car swapped ends on me as I went into Church Corner at about 140mph, but I managed to get it pointed in a straight line before it left the track. That helped and it was a fairly soft landing all things considered. A shame, though, because I was up on my best lap at that point…”

He was not the only one to have an accident in qualifying, as Matt Neal also spun into the barriers during the session, prompting a mini race between the two back to the pits on flatbeds to entertain fans as the red flags were out.

While Plato was completely unharmed in the off, what was most remarkable about the crash was that he still qualified second, with only an almighty effort from Andrew Jordan eclipsing the double champion…



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