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DONINGTON BTCC FP2: Plato powers to top spot

Saturday, October 09 2021

Power Maxed Racing's Jason Plato put his Vauxhall Astra on top of the timesheets in the second free practice session of the day for the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park.

The 97-time race winner posted his best time with just under three minutes remaining on the clock, and was enough to put him just under a tenth of a second clear of the EXCELR8 Hyundai i30N of Chris Smiley.

Plato's time was around four tenths of a second faster than this morning's best effort, set by Adam Morgan. 

Josh Cook was third again for BTC Racing and ahead of the similar Honda Civic of Gordon Shedden, with just a thousandth of a second separating the pair.

Jack Mitchell and Aron Taylor-Smith put their Cupra Leons into the top-six, with Rory Butcher next up in the Toyota Corolla, and 0.007s further back.

Title challenger Tom Ingram was next up in eighth, five thousandths of a second behind Butcher and 0.079s ahead of Team BMW's local man Stephen Jelley, with his teammate Tom Oliphant completing a top-10 covered by just 0.389s heading into this afternoon's qualifying session.

Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, Donington Park, Free Practice 2 result:
1. Jason Plato, Vauxhall Astra, 1m09.482s
2. Chris Smiley, Hyundai i30N, +0.090s
3. Josh Cook, Honda Civic Type R, +0.223s
4. Gordon Shedden, Honda Civic Type R, +0.224s
5. Jack Mitchell, Cupra Leon, +0.269s
6. Aron Taylor-Smith, Cupra Leon, +0.282s
7. Rory Butcher, Toyota Corolla, +0.289s
8. Tom Ingram, Hyundai i30N, +0.294s
9. Stephen Jelley, BMW 330i M Sport, +0.373s
10. Tom Oliphant, BMW 330i M Sport, +0.389s

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