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Knockhill: Plato set for landmark 500th BTCC race

Double champion Jason Plato will celebrate a landmark 500th race in the BTCC this weekend at Knockhill.
Silverline Subaru BMR Racing's Jason Plato will celebrate a landmark 500th race in the British Touring Car Championship this weekend at Knockhill.

Race one will mark the 500th time the double champion has lined up on the grid in a BTCC car following what has been, and continues to be, a remarkable journey in the series.

During his near 20 year span in the BTCC - of which Plato has represented the likes of Williams Renault, Vauxhall, RML Chevrolet, SEAT and MG - the 94-time winner has won almost a fifth of the races he's entered, a staggering conversion rate.

Plato did take a brief sabbatical from the series after winning his first title with Vauxhall in 2001 but later returned to spearhead SEAT's BTCC programme from 2004 to 2008.

An ever increasing tally of 94 wins, 220 podiums, 48 pole positions and 84 fastest laps has meant Plato has finished no lower than fifth in any given season.

"I'm sure it's something I'll look back on fondly at the end of my career, but for now I'm focussed on the job at hand. I'm more interested in the number of wins I've had than the number of races, to be honest," said Plato.

Now behind the wheel of the much talked about Subaru Levorg, Plato has yet to record his first win for Subaru despite coming close on a number of occasions so far this season.

A string of five consecutive podiums gained at Oulton Park and Croft – along with a healthy haul of points secured at Snetterton – has put Plato on the cusp of the top-ten following Subaru's difficult start to the year.

"I feel like its close, but we're not losing too much sleep over it. Things just haven't quite gone my way so far this year."



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