Motor Racing, British Touring Cars: Jason Plato

Jason won the BTCC championships twice, in 2001 and 2010 and has finished in the top three in the championship nine times. Jason holds the record for the most overall race wins in the BTCC, the most podiums, most pole positions and the fastest laps at the time of writing.

Having started out in Karting in 1980 at the age 12 he moved on to Formula Renault where he was the European Champion Formula Renault. Winning the Renault Spider Championships in 1996 proved to be a life changing victory, but not without a battle first! Jason was eventually offered a drive by Sir Frank Williams in 1997 in the Works Williams Renault BTCC Team, claiming pole position in his first three races.

Included in the memories Jason shared with us is the full story behind how he secured that seat, which included a cunning plan to hi-jack Sir Frank

"I woke up absolutely full of hell and thought - I'm not having this, I'm going to go and see Frank, what have I got to lose? -.So I put on a suit, picked up my empty briefcase (I've really no idea why I took it but I did!) and marched into the offices at Williams at 9am"

Other notable accolades include six times BRDC Silver Star winner, two times Autosport National Racing Driver of the Year winner and the World's Best Touring Car Driver as voted by the fans of Touring Car times. Jason was a presenter on the motoring series Fifth Gear and he is a columnist for a number of national papers

Twitter @JasonPlato