Jason Plato to call time on his BTCC career

Jason Plato, 2022

James Roberts

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It looks like the British Touring Car Championship will lose the last of its old guard at the end of this season as Jason Plato has announced the 2022 campaign will be his last in the series.

Having contested more than 600 races and scored a record 97 victories across his 22-year BTCC career, Plato will join the BTC Racing Honda team for his final campaign in the series this term.

The two-time champion made his tin-top debut with the factory-backed Williams Renault Dealer team back in 1997, winning twice in his maiden season.He then went on to enjoy spells with the Vauxhall, SEAT, Chevrolet, MG and Subaru factory teams.

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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.”