The most successful racer in British Touring Car Championship history Jason Plato has become the latest driver to join the line-up for the 2015 Race Of Champions at London's former Olympic Stadium on November 20-21.
The news means that two of Great Britain's home nations will be represented at this annual end-of-season festival of motor sport. Team Scotland will feature the reigning ROC Champion of Champions David Coulthard alongside an as-yet-unnamed team-mate. Plato has meanwhile become the first driver confirmed for Team England, with his partner also still to be announced.
Plato has won more races than anyone else in the history of the British Touring Car Championship, with a total win count that is approaching a century. He has finished in the title race top three no less than 12 times, coming out on top in 2001 and 2010. One of the most famous faces in UK motor sport thanks to his regular appearances on television, Plato is again heavily involved in the 2015 BTCC title fight with just two race meetings remaining – starting this weekend in Silverstone.
Plato has made two previous ROC appearances; on his last visit in 2010 he reached the ROC Nations Cup final alongside fellow tin-top legend Andy Priaulx, only to fall to the might of Team Germany's Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher. Now he'll be hoping the home support in London could help take Team England all the way.
Plato said: "I've always enjoyed my visits to the Race Of Champions and there's no greater incentive than to look at the drivers who assemble there every year. They are the very best in the world and it's a privilege to race against them on the same track in identical cars."
"This has been another good year for me in the BTCC and of course I'll do everything to make sure I arrive at the Race Of Champions as a three-time champion. I will also look forward to finding out who will be racing with me for Team England. As the home nation I can’t wait to hear the noise of the crowd and I hope we can do them proud."
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