British Touring Cars preview: Jason Plato

evo catches up with five likely British Touring Car title contenders. Today it's two-time champion and Fifth Gear presenter Jason Plato

With the new British Touring Cars season kicking off at Brands Hatch this weekend, evo spoke to works MG6 driver and two-time champion Jason Plato about his view of BTCC 2013: How would you describe your last 12 months?“I only come here to win, because it’s my job. When I don’t win, I’m pretty p**sed off. But I have to say that last year, with the results we’d had, I was fairly pleased because it was so last-minute getting the car prepared for the first round last year. To be in with a chance of the title all the way to the last meeting, given the mechanical failures that we had and the electrical components that went wrong, was fantastic. If you add up all the times I was pushed off the grid with mechanical problems, they all could have been podiums or wins. Add those on and we would have been in with a really good shout [of winning the championship]. It was very important for us to get our sponsors KX and Tesco Momentum 99 on board and really engage with the project [so it can continue long-term] and they have, so it’s been a very successful year.” What do you think are the biggest strengths of your MG6 compared to the other cars on the grid?“Over the middle third of last season, we had the quickest package in the field in the dry, but our Achilles heel was wet conditions. We looked especially good for front grip in medium-speed corners, so I would say that’s our biggest strength.” Which other driver in the field do you respect the most, and why?“I don’t really rank them in respect. Besides, that changes on a weekly basis. I respect the driving of all the leading players as you would and should do, but the ebb and flow of the BTCC means that opinions change on a sixpence. Just because I like someone today doesn’t mean I’m going to like them in an hour’s time after the next race." Who do you think is going to win this year’s championship, and why?“I’m not going to answer that, it’s a stupid question!”

Full preview of the 2013 British Touring Cars season

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

Most Popular

sports cars

Porsche ditches four-cylinder for flat-six in Cayman and Boxster GTS

New models eschew turbos with detuned 4-litre from the Spyder and GT4
15 Jan 2020
Aston Martin DBX SUV

Aston Martin DBX prototype review

It might be late to the party, but has Aston Martin’s first ever SUV nailed the brief?
15 Jan 2020
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
15 Jan 2020
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019