Jason Plato

Jason Plato - Double British Touring Car Champion

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Birth Date: 14 October 1967

Birthplace: Oxford, England

Jason Plato has been a regular competitor in the British Touring Car Championship ever since he burst onto the scene in 1997 with three poles in his first three races. 

Plato has finished in the BTCC top three no less than 12 times and with over 90 wins he is well clear at the top of the all-time list. In 2015 he has once again been in the title fight all the way to the wire as he bids for a third championship, this time for the BMR team. His previous crowns came in 2010 for Chevrolet and nine years earlier in a Vauxhall, though he spent many of the intervening years driving for SEAT including one WTCC podium. 

Plato is a well-known face for British television viewers from his hosting of programmes including Fifth Gear. He has also had a strong record on his two previous appearances at the Race Of Champions, notably in 2010 when he partnered Andy Priaulx to the final of the ROC Nations Cup, only to lose to the might of Team Germany's Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. 

Now he will look to go a step further for Team England in front of his home crowds at London's former Olympic Stadium.


  • Two-time British Touring Car Champion (2001, 2010)
  • Over 90 BTCC wins from over 450 starts
  • Took pole position in debut three BTCC races in 1997, still a record



Winner of the British Racing Drivers’ Club Silver Star a record four times

2005:    Runner-up in the FIA European Touring Car Cup at Vallelunga

2000:    10th in the Bathurst 1000kms with Holden Racing Team.

1997:    BTCC debut with Williams Renault – 3rd in Drivers’ Standings

1996:    Elf Renault Spider UK Cup Champion.

1991:    European Formula Renault Champion.

1980:    Starts in karting.



  • Years contested: 2008, 2010, 2015

2010: Reached ROC Nations Cup final alongside Andy Priaulx, losing to Team Germany

2008: Reached ROC Nations Cup semi-final alongside David Coulthard, losing to Team Germany

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