Jason Plato, one of BTCC’s most successful drivers, will return for another season of sheet metal racing with the BTC Racing team, competing in a Honda Civic Type R.
Platon will join Josh Cook and Jade Edwards on the BTC team, who were both still in primary school when Platon first raced in BTCC in 1997, when he teamed up with Alain Menu at Renault.
Plato’s experience speaks for itself – he celebrated his 600th BTCC start in 2021 and is approaching his 100th win in his 23rd season. Currently, he has been on the top step 97 times. No other driver has won more races.
“I was able to watch BTC Racing from a distance and saw the team go from strength to strength,” Platon said. “I’ve raced against Josh Cook in previous seasons, and I know where the car is good and where it’s not. The Honda has been good for many, many years in specific areas on the tracks. He really its advantages. “
The BTC team is one of the strongest on the grid. Cook finished third in last year’s Championship with the same team and is set to challenge for overall honours, while Edwards is the relative novice in the group – last year was his first full campaign in the BTCC .
Even with his long record in the BTCC, Plato will not eclipse the record number of starts of longtime rival Matt Neal. Neal, who retired in 2020, competes in 716 races – with this year’s 30 rounds over 10 weekends, Plato will remain second on the all-time list.
The season kicks off April 23 at Donington Park.
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This notice was published: 2022-04-06 07:06:23