Interview : Plato – Second just won't be good enough
Tue 23rd March 2010 With a Chevrolet works drive for 2010, Jason Plato is aiming for top spot in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
By Matt Lamprell
Jason Plato is hoping to go one better than in 2009 and has his sights set on championship glory for Silverline Chevrolet in the 2010 BTCC.
Plato, 41, won the BTCC in 2001 and has finished runner-up three times in the past eight years. In 2009, his deal to drive an RML Chevrolet Lacetti came together in the days leading up to the first meeting, leaving no time for testing.
This time around, it's another late deal but Plato has already been out on track in the Cruze ahead of the BTCC’s media launch at Brands Hatch.
"It feels like I'm wearing somebody else's shoes at the moment", said Plato. "I've not had enough time in it. That said, the early indications are that it will be very quick. But as I know only too well, the BTCC is a tough thing to when. There are a lot of tough teams and there’s some tough opposition."
Plato currently has 53 BTCC wins to his name – seven short of Andy Rouse’s all-time record of 60. If he can match his tally of seven from 2009 then Plato will be tied with the triple champion.
While Plato is aware that the record is on the horizon, achieving it would be something of a by-product of a successful season: "The most important thing is that we do have an opportunity to get 60 wins - it will mean we're winning races and that we're competitive. It will mean we’re in with a shout of the championship.
"The most important thing for us this year - with works support from Chevrolet and with continued support from Silverline – is that we must deliver. This is a crucial year for us. Second just won’t be good enough."