Jason Plato has been appointed a board Director of the BRDC at last week’s AGM at the Club’s home at Silverstone Circuit.
North-East raised Jason Plato the reigning BTCC champion starts his tenure with immediate effect. “The BRDC is the stalwart institution of the racing fraternity in this country and has been a constant throughout my career,” said the 43-year old, who now lives in Oxford. “To be nominated and voted as a Director is not only a real accolade but it also gives me a tremendous sense of involvement.”
“The BRDC has over the years provided me with much inspiration and support and I have been fortunate to have received their Silver Star award a record five times.”
“I’m looking forward to contributing towards the various and notable programmes the BRDC has instigated ranging from encouraging young talent and playing an active part in the future of Silverstone ensuring it remains the key racing circuit in the UK combining tradition with a head-of-the-curve initiatives. I am particularly interested in recognising young talent nurturing, mentoring and assisting them to develop into all-encompassing drivers with recognisable brands and business acumen.” concludes Plato.
Newly appointed President Derek Warwick replaces Damon Hill OBE and comments on Plato’s appointment “Jason will be an asset for the Club Committee where he replaces me and a very valued member of the board. Having worked with him this last year or so though he may have a reputation as a joker, trust me he has a very dedicated, focused, determined & serious side to him and these are all desirable qualities for the Club. I will enjoy working alongside him.”
The Club was inaugurated early in 1928, with 25 members and a clear set of objectives. These were to promote the interests of motor sport generally to celebrate any specific performance in motor sport to extend hospitality to racing drivers from overseas and to further the interests of British drivers competing abroad.
Silverstone Circuits Limited promote a number of major international race meetings at Silverstone, including the British Grand Prix, plus rounds of the FIA GT Championships, The British Touring Car Championship, Le Mans Series, British Superbike, British F3-GT and, from 2010, the MotoGP World Championship.
As a Club, the BRDC has grown to become the most prestigious motor racing club in the world and today, membership totals over 800.
Jason Plato (born 14 October 1967) is a British racing driver currently competing in the British Touring Car Championship for Silverline Chevrolet. He is the reigning BTCC champion having previously won the series in 2001 when driving for Vauxhall. He has finished in the top 3 in the championships 8 times and holds the record for the most overall race wins (65) in the BTCC, the most podiums, pole positions and fastest laps.
Jason started his career in Karting in 1980 at the age 12 and was British champion in 1981 before moving on to Formula Renault where he was the European Champion Formula Renault. He won the Renault Spider Championships in 1996 and was offered a drive by Sir Frank Williams in 1997 in the Renault Laguna at BTCC claiming pole position in his first three races.
Other notable accolades include five 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.
He is also a presenter on the motoring series Fifth Gear. Other TV Credits include: Driven (C4), Speed Sunday (ITV1), Mission Implausible (SKY1) and he is a columnist for various national newspapers.