Jason Plato and Chevrolet Cruze to Defend BTCC Title in 2011

The British Touring Car Championship season opener is less than three weeks away, and Chevrolet have already started rubbing their hands and making plans of defending their title. The Silverline Chevrolet team is to return for the 2011 season, with Jason Plato and Alex MacDowall driving the Cruze.

The team is once again run by the Wellingborough-based RML Group, which also prepares and campaigns Chevrolet’s World Touring Car Team.

While Plato is very confident in his ability to win the championship again, revealing this might be one of the most competitive seasons ever, MacDowall hopes for his first BTCC win this season.

“In 2011, Chevrolet celebrates its centenary year, and right from the start, racing has been part of the brand’s DNA.  Having won the driver’s championship in our first full year – a truly remarkable achievement – we’re back for more in 2011,”
Chevrolet UK Managing Director, Mark Terry, said in a statement.

“What’s more, with a new five-door variant of the Cruze just around the corner and a raft of new models, including the Orlando MPV, New Captiva and New Aveo to launch, we’re going to be extremely busy both on and off the track,”
added Terry. “As a platform with which to generate interest and support for our range of fabulous new cars, BTCC is a perfect partner, and I look forward once again to seeing the Cruze fend off its rivals on track.”

The BTCC cars for 2011 will be similar to the 2010 WTCC championship-winning Cruzes campaigned by Yvan Muller, Alain Menu and British racer Rob HuffA. New livery, based on that of the WTCC cars, will be unveiled on March 24.

The first round of the Series takes place on April 3 at Brands Hatch, Kent, the same venue where Plato took his 2010 title victory.
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