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Jason Plato

Biography

Jason Plato has won more races than any other driver in the history of the BTCC.

Making his debut with Williams-Renault in 1997, Plato sent shockwaves down the pit-lane by taking pole position at his very first attempt at Donington Park, going on to finish third overall in his maiden BTCC season. He remained with the Renault squad until it withdrew from the championship at the end of 1999.

After moving to the factory Vauxhall outfit alongside Yvan Muller, Plato secured his first title in 2001 before leaving the series for two years.

Returning in 2004 with new manufacturer SEAT, he continued to notch up victories at an impressive rate but could not convert them into a second championship for his employer – although he did become the first driver to win a BTCC race behind the wheel of a diesel-powered car in 2008.

Driving an RML/Racing Silverline Chevrolet, Plato finally tallied his second BTCC title in 2010 before signing for the Triple Eight-run MG squad in 2012. He finished third in the championship in 2012 and 2013 and helped MG to win the coveted Manufacturers’ title in 2014 as he placed runner-up in the Drivers’ classification.

For 2015, Plato joined the fledgling and ambitious Team BMR, piloting a Volkswagen CC to second overall once again. In 2016, he stayed with BMR as the outfit switched to a factory-backed Subaru Levorg GT.

The team started slowly but came into its own as the new package began to gel. Plato achieved a podium hat-trick at Oulton Park and a rostrum double at Croft before taking to the top step to cap his 500th BTCC appearance in race one at Knockhill. He was one of eight drivers in contention to win the overall Drivers’ title heading into the final weekend of the season but ultimately fell short, finishing seventh.

Plato continued with Adrian Flux Subaru Racing in the Levorg for 2017 and endured a tumultuous campaign, though he did score a victory and his 50th BTCC pole position at Knockhill. He returned with the outfit in 2018 but once again struggled to make an impact.

For 2019, Plato switched to Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing and its front-wheel drive Vauxhall Astra, having secured his maiden BTCC title with the Luton-based manufacturer back in 2001. He finished seventh in the Drivers’ standings, scoring a single victory in the final round of the season at Brands Hatch.

Plato remains with Power Maxed Car Care Racing for the 2020 campaign as he continues to chase his 100th BTCC victory.


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Season Results

Event Session Position
Brands Hatch Indy Qualifying 2nd
Race 1 25th
Race 2 21st
Race 3 13th
Donington Park Qualifying 12th
Race 1 9th
Race 2 6th
Race 3 7th
Thruxton Qualifying 6th
Race 1 6th
Race 2 4th
Race 3 8th
Croft Qualifying 10th
Race 1 8th
Race 2 6th
Race 3 3rd
Oulton Park Qualifying 8th
Race 1 9th
Race 2 9th
Race 3 DNF
Snetterton Qualifying 6th
Race 1 6th
Race 2 6th
Race 3 17th
Thruxton 2 Qualifying 2nd
Race 1 17th
Race 2 13th
Race 3 5th
Knockhill Qualifying 15th
Race 1 12th
Race 2 8th
Race 3 8th
Silverstone Qualifying 1st
Race 1 2nd
Race 2 4th
Race 3 6th
Brands Hatch GP Qualifying 16th
Race 1 14th
Race 2 7th
Race 3 1st

Driver Info

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 14th October, 1967
Place of Birth: Oxford, England
Team: Power Maxed Car Care Racing
Car: Vauxhall Astra

BTCC Debut: Donington Park, 1997

BTCC Races: 599
BTCC Wins: 97
BTCC Podiums: 233
BTCC Poles: 51
BTCC Fastest Laps: 87
BTCC Points: 5077

Driver Titles

2010 BTCC Drivers’ Champion
2001 BTCC Drivers’ Champion
1996 Renault Spider Cup Championship
1991 Formula Renault Euroseries

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