World news – Plato returns BTCC with PMR Vauxhall in 2021

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British Touring Car Championship wins record holder Jason Plato has put an end to rumors that he would not return to the series in 2021.

Plato and Vauxhall’s Power Maxed Racing team have both confirmed that the 53-year-old will be behind the wheel of an Astra this season after the 2020 campaign has been suspended.

After returning to the circle of winners in late 2019, his first season at PMR, Plato signed a new two-year deal with the squad for 2020-21.

However, the decision between the driver and team to postpone the first season of this contract was made jointly as they failed to provide trading partners with the value they deserved amid the coronavirus crisis, which meant that all BTCC – Rounds of 2020 took place behind closed doors.

With the health pandemic still in full swing, doubts had been expressed as to whether two-time champion Plato would return in 2021 and the parties had remained calm on the matter.

PMR Team Principal Adam Weaver told Autosport: « We were 100 percent confident [that Plato would return].

 » The only reason we felt we did it [at this point] had to announce is that I’m tired of people asking me if he’s on board.

« We have tried to effectively roll over every contract we had for 2020 to 2021 and the vast majority of the sponsors we have are very happy about it.

PMR’s 2020 plans The idea of ​​running a two-car team with Plato and Mat Jackson at the wheel for the BTCC maker’s award has been reversed. Instead, the team has given a number of drivers the opportunity to drive a single Astra.

« Last one Year was a very strange year for us – not fighting in the top 10 is not something we’re used to, but having new talent in the car has been great, « added Weaver.

 » After Jason’s success in late 2019 and the extensive development program we’ve worked on over the winter, I’m cautiously optimistic about some strong results in 2021 and beyond. « 

Weaver said that » it’s too early to to say – we leave that in the air « whether PMR Vauxhall for the championship ft the BTCC manufacturer will bring back.

The second driver has yet to be confirmed, and Weaver has downplayed speculation that UK GT Champion Rick Parfitt Jr. will have a BTCC rookie season with the squad in 2017.

« I’m not close to getting a deal with anyone in second place yet, » he said.

« I am unable to get a deal. I think we are one of two remaining seats on the grid and we are probably the most believable seat on the grid. »

The BTCC is due to start five weeks later than planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The opening round will take place in Thruxton from May 8th to 9th.

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