However, Plato has struggled in recent years, having won just a single race since 2017and secured just a single podium finish on his way to 14th in the points last term. The 54-year-old driver will join Josh Cook and Jade Edwards at the BTC team this year. “I didn’t want to just drift out of the BTCC without signing off properly,” said Plato. “I need to be in a competitive car and team. The opportunity came very late, but I liked [BTC boss] Steve Dudman’s style and what I heard. It’s a really good team and there are great people there.
“I wanted to take control of the situation. If I have a fantastic year, which I think I will, what a great way to walk away. And if it doesn’t go well, I’ve already announced that it’s my last year. It’s my farewell tour, but I’m not quitting racing. I fancy GTs, I’ve got to do Le Mans, and I’ll do some historics. There’s lots more I want to do.”