Chevrolet confirms BTCC re-entry with champion Plato
Chevrolet has confirmed its entry for the 2011 British Touring Car Championship season with the same line-up of drivers fresh from winning the driver's championship in 2010.
Leading the attack will be Jason Plato, who won the title in grand form at the last race weekend of the year and fits his day job around presenting television's Fifth Gear.
Plato will be joined by Alex MacDowall, a young driver who might look like he's moving up to big school but turns out to be 20. MacDowall goes into his second season having shown flashes of promise during his debut year.
The RML-run Chevrolet team will once again be running its Cruze racing car, which Plato deployed to occasionally devastating effect last year.
When quizzed on his championship chances, Plato said: "Will I win the championship again? I wouldn't be here if I didn't think it was possible – but there are some other good teams out there who have come on leaps and bounds since last year, meaning we're in for one of the most competitive seasons ever – great news for fans of the best racing series in the UK, and for the drivers who compete in it. It's going to be a thriller."
ITV4 has also confirmed that it will once again be showing BTCC race days live, with the addition of high definition coverage for those who are HD-ready.
The first race takes place at Brands Hatch on April 3.