Jason PlatoJason Plato has won more races than any other driver in the history of the BTCC. Making his debut for Williams-Renault back in 1997 after winning the Renault Spyder Series the year before and instantly sending shockwaves down the pit lane by taking pole position at his first attempt at Donington Park, which he then backed up at Silverstone for the following rounds. Those results would see the Oxfordshire racer end his season third overall, remaining with the Renault squad until it withdrew from the championship in 1999.
The new Millennium would see a switch to the factory Vauxhall squad run by Triple Eight Race Engineering alongside Yvan Muller with Jason winning his first title in 2001 before taking a two year sabbatical.
Returning in 2004 with new manufacturer SEAT, Jason continued to rack-up wins at an impressive rate, although he was unable to convert them into a second Championship title for his new team. However he did enter the record books becoming the first driver to win a BTCC race driving a diesel powered car in 2008, with the Seat Leon TDi.
2009 brought a deal with RML placing Jason in an RML/Silverline Tools Chevrolet, Jason finished the season runner up to Colin Turkington.
With Jason remaining with RML in 2010 he won his second BTCC title and equalled the great Andy Rouse’s record of 60 race wins.
Jason moved to the Triple Eight squad in 2012 with returning Manufacturer MG where he stayed until the end of 2014. During his time at MG he surpassed the milestone of 400 BTCC races at Donington Park during 2013. A third title at MG wasn’t to be, although his 2nd place finish in 2014 was enough to secure the Manufacturers Title for MG.
In 2015 Jason switched teams to join us here at Team BMR piloting a front-wheel drive Volkswagen CC alongside Colin Turkington, Aron Smith and Team Owner Warren Scott. Right from the start of the season at Brands Hatch Jason showed his class and was leading the second race of the day by a country mile when disaster would strike following a puncture which ended his race and placing him 12th in the championship standings. By the season finale Jason went into the finale at Brands Hatch 23 points behind championship leader Gordon Shedden. A win in the final race of the season wasn’t quite enough to clinch a third title, finishing in second place just four points behind winner Shedden in the overall Drivers Championship and runner up in the Independent Drivers Championship eight points behind BMR team mate Colin Turkington.
For 2016 Jason piloted the all new Subaru Levorg Sports Tourer, and he celebrated the milestone of his 500th BTCC race with a race win at Knockhill in Scotland. Jason ended the season in 7th place in the overall drivers standings.
2017 saw the BTCC legend celebrate his 50th pole position and his 96th win in the series. Titled the BTCC’s most successful touring car driver, 50-year-old Jason will be competing in his 20th year in the championship after his first involvement in 1997, winning the Drivers’ title in 2001 and 2010, with a target of taking his win tally up to the 100 win milestone this year and also secure a well overdue third BTCC driver’s title.
2018 will mark a third season for Subaru with the Levorg Sport Tourer and in addition to his own personal targets, Jason will be an essential part of the BMR Racing team alongside teammate Ashley Sutton in assisting the launch of our campaign to clinch both the Manufacturers/Constructors and Teams titles in what promises to be an exciting year with the series celebrating its 60th anniversary.
ASH SUTTONAsh made the step from karting to car racing in 2010, obtaining a full season under his belt in Formula Vee. In the year of 2011, he was in an unfortunate road car accident which meant that he spent the next two and half years in and out of hospital due to necessary operatic procedures and injuries which brought his racing career to a halt.
Following his recovery in 2014, Ash finally made a return to car racing. He secured a drive in British MSA Formula Ford and had a successful year winning the Scholarship Championship and finished a very impressive third overall. At the end of that year, BMR owner Warren Scott approached Ash to invite him to drive for Team BMR in the Renault UK Clio Cup which saw Ash make the switch from open wheel single seaters to front-wheel drive tin-top racing and what a year he had. Ash won his very first race which set the tone for the year ahead. Ash secured the rookie title of Graduate Cup very early on in the season and from that point focussed on the outright title itself. The last round saw a battle between four drivers and Ash was triumphant in winning the overall Championship.
After a strong year racing in the Clio Cup, Ash knew he had to push for a spot within the British Touring Car Championship. He managed to secure an MG manufacture drive in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship with Triple Eight Racing. Right from the outset, Ash made his mark on the championship with an impressive 4th place finish on his BTCC debut and his success continued throughout the season leading to his maiden win in a very wet race three at Croft. There were two further podiums, two pole positions from qualifying and two fastest racing laps. On finals day he lifted the coveted Jack Sears Trophy after finishing top rookie, a championship he led for the whole of 2016.
23-year-old Ash, from the Herts and Essex border, was crowned the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion back in October last year at Brands Hatch after an outstanding year with Team BMR in the Subaru Levorg Sports Tourer. In only his second year in the series, he totaled an impressive six outright wins and celebrated no less than fifteen podium positions during the season.
The BTCC Champion title tops his career so far on his superb run of success over the last four seasons.
JOSH PRICEJosh started racing in 2010, winning his debut in MSA Kart Racing. Since then Josh has achieved championships and victories at the highest level of British and European Karting.
In 2015 Josh made his career jump into the Renault UK Clio Cup with Team Pyro for part of the season and he remained within the team with the support of the BMR Academy for a full season in 2016 where he eventually finished 6th in the Championship.
With the assistance of the BMR Academy again for 2017, Josh graduated to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship driving the Subaru Levorg where he finished his maiden campaign 3rd in the Jack Sears Trophy standings. The 19-year-old will now aim to build on everything he learned from last season and with a year under his belt we are confident that 2018 will be a great year for him.