Bidford-based Power Maxed Racing welcome back British Touring Car Championship stalwart Plato for 2021 season
BRITISH Touring Car Championship stalwart Jason Plato will once again pilot one of Power Maxed Racing’s Vauxhall Astras this season.
The 53-year-old, who won the final race of the 2019 campaign with Bidford-based PMR, had taken a 12-month sabbatical during the pandemic but is now eager to get back behind the wheel.
A two-time BTCC champion who holds the record for most touring car victories, Plato is aiming to win his 100th race in 2021 with PMR.
The stalwart will find himself making his 600th race start at the season’s opening round at Thruxton on 9th May and will once again wear the branding of long-term partner Adrian Flux Insurance Services.
Plato said: “Obviously 2020 was less than ideal for many of us but, for me at least, it gave me time to put a lot of things into perspective.
“I was lucky enough to be able to spend a lot more time than I normally would at home with the family, but I’m itching to get back in a race car now.
“It’s the longest I’ve been without racing and it’s made me appreciate just how much I love it, and I have really missed my team. I’m excited about the future with Power Maxed Racing, and winning the final race in 2019 has lit a fire underneath me, so I’m more than ready to get back out and win my 100th race.”
Following the single-car entry for the team last season, which saw a number of up-and-coming drivers given the opportunity to drive a race-winning car in the UK’s most popular championship, PMR have confirmed a two-car entry for this year, with the second driver yet to be announced.
Team principal Adam Weaver said: “Last year was a very strange one for us – not fighting in the top ten of the points isn’t something we’re used to, but it was great to get some new talent in the car.
"Following on from Jason’s success at the end of 2019, coupled with the extensive development programme we’ve been working on over the winter, I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about some strong results in 2021 and beyond.”