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Team England adds touring car legend Plato to ROC line-up

BTCC Media Day

CASTLE DONINGTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 24: Jason Plato of Team BMR in action at Donington Park on March 24, 2015 in Castle Donington, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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Two-time British Touring Car Championship winner Jason Plato has joined the line-up for November’s Race of Champions in London.

Plato has established himself as one of the most prominent drivers within British motorsport over the past two decades, winning two BTCC titles and almost 100 races since making his debut in 1997.

The Briton has also raced in the World Touring Car Championship and attempted to launch a career in NASCAR in the early 2000s before returning to BTCC.

Plato will now try his hand at the Race of Champions, a multi-discipline racing challenge that will see him pitted up against the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Jorge Lorenzo and Tom Kristensen at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on November 20-21.

“I’ve always enjoyed my visits to the Race Of Champions and there’s no greater incentive than to look at the drivers who assemble there every year,” Plato said, having last taken part in the ROC in 2010.

“They are the very best in the world and it’s a privilege to race against them on the same track in identical cars. This has been another good year for me in the BTCC and of course I’ll do everything to make sure I arrive at the Race Of Champions as a three-time champion.

“I will also look forward to finding out who will be racing with me for Team England. As the home nation I can’t wait to hear the noise of the crowd and I hope we can do them proud.”

2015 Race of Champions - Confirmed Drivers

Sebastian Vettel (F1)
Tom Kristensen (WEC/Le Mans)
Petter Solberg (WRC)
Daniel Ricciardo (F1)
Mick Doohan (grand prix motorcycle racing)
David Coulthard (F1)
Jorge Lorenzo (MotoGP)
Nico Hulkenberg (F1)
Nelson Piquet Jr. (F1/GRC/Formula E)
Felipe Massa (F1)
Jason Plato (BTCC)

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