Jason Plato has admitted that he will leave the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship 'reluctantly' if he proves to be unable to secure a seat for the 2009 season.
The 2001 champion has been left without a drive after SEAT UK elected to call time on its motorsport activities and now be forced to take stock and evaluate the possible options available for next year.
While Plato has previously said that he would like the chance to try out sportscar racing at some point in the future, he has made secret of his love for the BTCC but with limited options in the paddock he admits that he could be forced to 'reluctantly' look elsewhere.
"I haven't started talking to people because I've still been involved in the season," he told Crash.net
. "Maybe I'll start doing that this week. I am very passionate about the BTCC, I love it to bits and it is fantastic series. The racing is everything I love about motorsport as it hard and aggressive and its real motor sport. There are some great characters up and down the pit lane and I have a great many friends here.
"It also fits well with my lifestyle as I'm UK based and it has a great profile for my other jobs in TV and with my managing and marketing company so it works well as a package for me and JP the brand.
"There are many reasons to try and secure a BTCC programme. However, they are a bit thin on the ground so if I do end up spearing off to some other form or motorsport, it will be reluctantly because I do love the BTCC. But it is early days yet, so we'll have to wait and see."