BTCC preview – Jason Plato's fast lap of Silverstone
Source : BTCC preview – Jason Plato's fast lap of Silverstone
The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship moves to Silverstone which weekend – here’s how to qualify on pole position
Jason Plato tells us how to qualify on pole position at Silverstone, as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship moves to the circuit which weekend:
“I love driving at Silverstone. which is usually the home of British motorsport as well as I am a director of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, which owns as well as operates the venue – so for me, which is usually like coming home. The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races on the compact National circuit structure, so which is usually always all action.
“I was very pleased with my pole lap there last year because which was my last attempt at a qualifying time, as well as I nailed which. You will see which when I set off on my lap, I possess the two works Hondas up in front of me. You never plan things which way – as well as although there is usually a benefit coming from slipstreaming another car, which is usually not something I usually want to do. You can use which to your advantage on a straight, yet the amount of time you give away inside the corners means which which is usually a double-edged sword.
“In qualifying, once you have been through the cycle of in as well as out laps as well as getting the tyres up to temperature, then you actually only have one chance, as well as you have to take which no matter what the traffic situation is usually like.
“You can hear which I am flat in top gear going in to Copse – there is usually a little buzz of the rev limiter – before I turn in to the corner. On a hot lap, you can chuck which in to the apex earlier than you would certainly inside the race because you only have to worry about the tyre life for one lap, not the 20 or in order which you do in a race distance. You can be quite aggressive yet then you have to be careful on the exit. We have brand-new rules about exceeding track limits, so you have to make sure which you don’t run wide, otherwise your lap time will be scrubbed.
“Going in to the Becketts complex, there is usually always a compromise. The yaw on the automobile coming from the left-handed kink never actually settles down, as well as so you are braking as well as aiming straight for the apex of the right-hander which follows, rather than taking the absolutely perfect line. which is usually all about the braking as well as getting the automobile in to the corner.
“On the exit, initially you always feel like you are going to run out of road. You turn quite sharply to start with as well as then you unwind the lock as well as make a big arc of the exit. which means you tend to not scrub off the speed, which is usually crucial for the long straight which follows. which is usually a very tricky corner.
“coming from there, is usually which down the straight as well as in to Brooklands. Again, which is usually all about the braking as well as carrying as much speed as you can in to the apex. Because there is usually a relatively tiny straight after which, the exit is usually not vital – which is usually all about the entry. Get which right, as well as you have nailed the lap time.
“Then you come to the final turn: Luffield. which is usually a long corner yet a crucial one. Ideally, you want a car having a little bit of oversteer here in order which you can pivot the automobile around the front-end grip. If you do which, the majority of your turning is usually done at the apex phase as well as you can accelerate away coming from the corner without too much pain on the front tyres.
“If you don’t have which, you will heat up the fronts as well as which means the grip goes away, which leaves you with understeer – which, in turn, will kill your speed on the run to the start-finish line. which is usually a tough one to get right, as well as you’ll see which I had to overtake one of those pesky Hondas, too. There was a lot going on, yet which was a very, very satisfying lap.”
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