Double British Touring Car Champion Jason Plato is confident of challenging for a third title in the series after helping to secure a manufacturer deal with Subaru for the Team BMR outfit.
The Japanese constructor enters the BTCC for the first time this season after agreeing a three-year partnership with the rapidly successful Team BMR squad, who will run a duo of RWD Subaru Levorg estates, driven by Plato and fellow double champion Colin Turkington.
Plato, who came tantalisingly close in winning a third BTCC title in 2015, has revealed that securing a manufacturer deal was always part of his agenda when joining Team BMR.
The 94-time race winner also admitted that driving for a brand, held in such high esteem as Subaru, was 'always at the top of his wish list'.
Subaru became a synonymous name in motorsport from the early 90's after it's iconic Impreza captured the publics imagination and powered the likes of Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Petter Solberg to WRC glory.
“Part of my role when joining BMR was to help secure a manufacturer deal," said Plato.
"The iconic Subaru brand has always been right at the top of my wish list, obviously it goes without saying that I am very excited about our future together and I'm confident that BMR will produce a fantastic package for me to fight for the Championship.
"This really is exciting times for us all... I can't wait for the season to begin."
Subaru joins Honda and MG as the third fully fledged manufacturer in the series.