Jason Plato will team up with Power Maxed Racing and reunite with Vauxhall, the brand he claimed his first British Touring Car Championship title with back in 2001, as the experienced hand prepares for the 2019 campaign.

Plato, who has spent the past three seasons with Adrian Flux Subaru Racing, joins up with Power Maxed Racing for 2019 and his first competitive season racing Vauxhalls in almost two decades.

The two-time BTCC champion is relishing a fresh start at PMR as he targets the team’s maiden title.

“Although they finished tied second on points in the Teams’ standings last season, PMR is still a relatively young outfit in the BTCC,” Plato said. “However, there is a strong team of very experienced and talented personnel behind the scenes working incredibly hard to make sure they can continue to challenge at the front from the off this season.

“Their collective ambition, motivation and desire to win their first championship made this the perfect opportunity for me.

“The decision for me to get involved with PMR just became easier and easier the more time I spent with them. It’s an incredible team of people, many of whom I’ve worked with before and very successfully too, like Martin Broadhurst – the Team Manager.

“It’s something very serious that Adam (Weaver) has put together at PMR, he’s not playing, it’s clear his intention has never ever been to make up the numbers, he wants to win, as do I.”

Plato becomes the team’s first driver signing for 2019 with his teammate expected to be announced next week.

“The signing of a proven champion and race winner fits perfectly with our stated ambition to win the Drivers’ title in our fifth season,” Adam Weaver, team principal, said. “Can we do it? We are under no illusions that the series will be tougher than ever in 2019, but we are putting the ingredients in place and are up for the challenge.

“With significant developments in carefully selected areas it will certainly help us build upon a very successful 2018 season and after signing another proven driver – this time a multiple championship winner with 96 race wins. We are understandably extremely positive about the season ahead – here’s to getting reaching the century.”