Jason Plato has become the first driver confirmed for Team England at this year's Race of Champions to be held at London's Olympic Stadium.

Plato has won more BTCC races than anyone in history with two championships to his name in 2001 and 2010, and is once again locked in a battle for the title this season. The 47-year-old trails Gordon Shedden by just six points with two rounds remaining and is in action this weekend as Silverstone hosts round nine of the 2015 championship.

The Oxford-based driver has two previous Race of Champions appearances to his name and in 2010 finished runner-up with Andy Priaulx for Team England as they lost out to Team Germany's Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.

Plato has called the opportunity 'a privilege' and hopes the home support can help him go one better and secure the ROC Nations title this year.

"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. "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. As the home nation I can't wait to hear the noise of the crowd and I hope we can do them proud."

Plato's Team England team-mate is yet to be confirmed but many believe it could be reigning Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who will join his fellow F1 stars Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg at the event.

In addition, Le Mans 24 Hours legend Tom Kristensen is set to compete as well as reigning FIA Formula E Champion Nelson Piquet Jr, reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg and former MotoGP world champions Mick Doohan and Jorge Lorenzo.

"We're delighted to have Jason in the field for this year's Race of Champions," Fredrick Johnsson, ROC president, said. "He is a true tin-top legend with more British Touring Car Championship wins than anyone in history.

"He will no doubt be a fierce competitor for Team England again this time. We trust there will be plenty of home support at the former Olympic Stadium. Now we just have to find Jason a worthy team-mate."

The 2015 Race of Champions is scheduled for the 20-21 November at London's Olympic Stadium.



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