Jason Plato has signed for Power Maxed Racing ahead of the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, re-uniting himself with the Vauxhall brand in which he won the 2001 title.
The two-time Champion has won 96 races in his BTCC career, the most in the Championships’ history. As well as this, Plato has also been in contention for the title nine times in the last 15 campaigns.
Plato see’s the move to Power Maxed as a perfect opportunity to win a third drivers’ title and get to 100 wins in the BTCC.
“Although they finished tied second on points in the Teams’ standings last season, PMR is still a relatively young outfit in the BTCC,” said Plato.
“However, there is a strong team of very experienced and talented personnel behind the scenes working incredibly hard to make sure they can continue to challenge at the front from the off this season. Their collective ambition, motivation and desire to win their first championship made this the perfect opportunity for me.
“The decision for me to get involved with PMR just became easier and easier the more time I spent with them. It’s an incredible team of people, many of whom I’ve worked with before and very successfully too, like Martin Broadhurst – the Team Manager.
“It’s something very serious that Adam (Weaver) has put together at PMR, he’s not playing, it’s clear his intention has never ever been to make up the numbers, he wants to win, as do I!”
Power Maxed Racing Team Principal, Adam Weaver thinks the signing of Plato fits perfectly with the Teams’ ambition.
“The signing of a proven champion and race winner fits perfectly with our stated ambition to win the Drivers’ title in our fifth season,” said Weaver. “Can we do it? We are under no illusions that the series will be tougher than ever in 2019, but we are putting the ingredients in place and are up for the challenge.
“With significant developments in carefully selected areas it will certainly help us build upon a very successful 2018 season and after signing another proven driver – this time a multiple championship winner with 96 race wins. We are understandably extremely positive about the season ahead – here’s to reaching the century.”
Power Maxed Racing Team Manager Martin Broadhurst thinks Plato’s signing will put new and added pressures on the teams’ performance.
Broadhurst said: “Working with Jason again is something I’m very excited about. It’s difficult not to be; he’s had the most race wins in the history of the championship which certainly makes him our most successful driver signing. This brings new and added pressures in terms of our performance, but we are ready for the challenge.”
Power Maxed Racing have an extensive pre-season testing programme lined up before the first round of the Championship at Brands Hatch in April. They also hope to announce their second driver within the next week, followed by further news of brand partnerships.
Header image from BTCC.net
By Jordan Hollands.