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We Gave it Our Best, says Plato

Jason Plato. Silverline Chevrolet Cruze 2011An amazing drive in the Silverstone finalé wasn’t quite enough as the Silverline RML Chevrolets take 2nd and 4th as the curtain fell on the 2011 British Touring Car Championship.

Jason Plato put in one of the best drives of his career in the second of the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races at Silverstone, but despite climbing 18 places it wasn’t enough to secure the championship title for the Oxford-based ace.

A puncture on lap 11 of the first of the day’s three races jeopardised the reigning champion’s chances, despite a remarkable comeback over the past two meetings at Brands Hatch and Rockingham.

Plato gave it his best shot, climbing from 25th on the grid to reach an astonishing 7th overall in the second of the day’s races in a bid to keep his dream alive, but his decisive, clinical drive wasn’t enough to beat Matt Neal to the title.

“We had some pretty bad luck,” Plato said, “but that’s racing, and we always knew Silverstone would be difficult as it’s impossible to overtake the turbocharged cars on fast circuits. We know we’ve got a great car and Silverline Chevrolet/RML are the best team in the business, we gave it our best, and we took it to the final meeting – a lot of people weren’t expecting that.”

Jason Plato. Silverline Chevrolet Cruze 2011

The third of the day’s races folded more in the Silverline Chevrolet team’s favour – the reverse grid system putting Alex MacDowall on pole and JP third on the grid. A slow start from MacDowall saw Tom Chilton take advantage, but he still managed a solid fourth, while Plato gained a place to take the second step on the podium. Plato’s team-mate finished in the points in all of the day’s three races – seventh in Race One and ninth in Race Two – a solid result for the 20-year old Cumbrian.

Alex MacDowall. Silverline Chevrolet Cruze 2011

The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship returns in 2012, with the first meeting at Brands Hatch, Kent, on April 1.

James Martin. Silverline Chevrolet Cruze 2011
Final Championship Standing    
Matt Neal, Honda Racing   257
Gordon Sheddon, Honda Racing   249
Jason Plato, Silverline Chevrolet    236
Matt Jackson, Airwaves Ford   191
James Nash, 888 Racing Vauxhall   191

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About RML

RML returned in 2011 to defend titles in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, British Touring Car Championship and the ACO Le Mans Series LMP2 class, having claimed a total of five major titles during the 2010 season.. 

The RML Group comprises the following divisions; Motorsport, Automotive, Engines and Events.  Based in Northamptonshire, England, the company’s 4,300 square metre facility includes design, development, manufacturing and operational support for international race/rally programmes and automotive engineering projects including performance engine development.

Since its formation in 1984 RML has achieved success in a diverse range of motorsport categories including GT/sportscars, touring cars, rally cars, single seaters and oval speedway cars. 

For more information, please contact:
Sara Lambden - RML Group
Email: Sara Lambden
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Silverstone BTCC

Issued October 18th 2011

Jason Plato. Silverline Chevrolet Cruze 2011






















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