Jason Plato admitted he was thrilled to secure his second Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title on Finals Day at Brands Hatch.
The Chevrolet driver, who took the title back in 2001, went into the weekend as the man to beat and clinched the title in style – taking victory in the opening two races of the weekend having earlier secured pole position.
While he missed out on repeating the three wins he secured during the final round of the 2009 season, Plato was able to equal Andy Rouse's BTCC record of 60 wins and take the crown by 31 points ahead of Matt Neal.
“The BTCC is one of the very best championships in the world so to win it is a very magical feeling,” he said. “Everyone in my team, Chevrolet and RML who prepare the car, are the best in the business and also a great family of people so it's a very joyous experience winning it for them. Sixty wins sounds nice but not as nice as 61!”
Plato added that the championship title was down in no small part to the work carried out by RML on the Cruze, which has taken the title in its first year in the series.
“When I first started in the BTCC in 1997 with the Renault team I knew we had a fantastic car and it duly won the championship that year,” he said. “Mid-way through this season when we unlocked all the secrets of the Chevrolet Cruze I got that same feeling again. It has been a phenomenal car to race but, like I say, that's very much down to the people at Chevrolet and RML.
“Personally, I am of course delighted. I've been runner-up three times in the last four years so to finally get that second crown probably means I won't be such a pain in the backside to live with now!"