Mon 14 September 2009
- Touring car favourite, Plato joins illustrious roll call for end-of-season motorsport spectacular
- Chris Hoy gets to grips with newly laid Wembley circuit in advance of Man v Machine duel with Lewis Hamilton
British Touring Car Championship ace, Jason Plato, has become the fourth British driver to be confirmed for this Sunday’s Race Of Champions at Wembley Stadium.
Plato, BTCC Champion with Vauxhall in 2001, finished third in this year’s championship with SEAT and has always been a crowd favourite thanks to his ‘no-holds-barred’ style of racing and his regular spot as a presenter of the popular motoring TV show, Fifth Gear.
“I’m over the moon to be taking part in The Race of Champions,” beamed Plato. “I was asked to compete a few years ago and couldn’t because I was on my honeymoon at the time! But I’ve followed the event over the years, watching it on television, and I’ve always wanted to do it.
“The chance to race against racing icons is amazing – the very best of motorsport is there. So I’m really excited and I’m sure my antics on Fifth Gear will stand me in good stead.”
Chris Hoy in action at Wembley before The Race of Champions on Sunday
Also in action at Wembley today was triple Beijing Olympic gold medallist, Chris Hoy, who was testing the newly laid tarmac in advance of Sunday’s unique Man v Machine duel against Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren Mercedes SLR.
Hoy will be on his racing bike, while Hamilton will be at the wheel of a 670bhp sports car, and after today, the Scotsman thinks he’s got his work cut out.
‘There are areas of the track where it’s tight and twisty, but there are also a few places where Lewis can put his foot down. I’ve been told that I will get a flying start and there will be chicanes put in to slow Lewis down, but I’m still going to have to go some to beat him!’
Tickets for The Race of Champions are on sale now by calling 0844 412 1743, or online at www.raceofchampions.com. Adult prices start at £18 and child tickets at £9. Tickets will also be available on the gate at Wembley Stadium.