Jason Plato tells us how to qualify on pole position at Silverstone, as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship moves to the circuit this weekend:
“I love driving at Silverstone. It is the home of British motorsport and I am a director of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, which owns and operates the venue – so for me, it is like coming home. The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races on the compact National circuit layout, so it is always all action.
“I was very pleased with my pole lap there last year because it was my last attempt at a qualifying time, and I nailed it. You will see that when I set off on my lap, I have the two works Hondas up in front of me. You never plan things that way – and although there is a benefit from slipstreaming another car, it is not something I usually want to do. You can use it to your advantage on a straight, but the amount of time you give away in the corners means that it is a double-edged sword.
“In qualifying, once you have been through the cycle of in and out laps and getting the tyres up to temperature, then you really only have one chance, and you have to take it no matter what the traffic situation is like.