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Plato back in a Vauxhall with PMR for 2019 BTCC

Wednesday, February 20 2019

Jason Plato will join Power Maxed Racing for the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), and in doing so reunite with the Vauxhall Brand with which he won the 2001 crown.

Plato is the BTCC's record race-winner, with 96 wins to his name in a 20-year top flight tin top career.

The two-time champion said: "Although they finished tied second on points in the Teams' standings last season, PMR is still a relatively young outfit in the BTCC. However, there is a strong team of very experienced and talented personnel behind the scenes working incredibly hard to make sure they can continue to challenge at the front from the off this season. Their collective ambition, motivation and desire to win their first championship made this the perfect opportunity for me.

"The decision for me to get involved with PMR just became easier and easier the more time I spent with them. It's an incredible team of people, many of whom I've worked with before and very successfully too, like Martin Broadhurst - the Team Manager. It's something very serious that Adam (Weaver) has put together at PMR, he's not playing, it's clear his intention has never ever been to make up the numbers, he wants to win, as do I!"

The team has undertaken an extensive winter development schedule following its race-winning 2018 season, and Plato will make his official BTCC session debut in Power Maxed colours at the pre-season test at Brands Hatch on 27 March.

Team Principal, Adam Weaver said: "The signing of a proven champion and race winner fits perfectly with our stated ambition to win the Drivers' title in our fifth season. Can we do it? We are under no illusions that the series will be tougher than ever in 2019, but we are putting the ingredients in place and are up for the challenge.

"With significant developments in carefully selected areas it will certainly help us build upon a very successful 2018 season and after signing another proven driver - this time a multiple championship winner with 96 race wins. We are understandably extremely positive about the season ahead - here's to reaching the century."

PMR will unveil its second driver in the next week ahead of pre-season testing.

The BTCC season kicks off at Brands Hatch Indy circuit on 6-7 April. Fans can then see Plato in action at Donington Park on 27-28 April, Oulton Park on 29-30 June, Snetterton on 3-4 August, and then again at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit season finale on 12-13 October.