Two-time BTCC champion Jason Plato has been appointed as a board director of the British Racing Drivers Club after last week's AGM at Silverstone Circuit, with Plato replacing Derek Warwick who was recently elected the Club's new President.
The BRDC was inaugurated in 1928 and aims to promote the interests of motor sport generally, to celebrate specific performance in motorsport and further the interests of British drivers competing abroad. The Club has now grown to become the most prestigious motor racing club in the world, with over 800 members.
Reigning BTCC champion Plato, a five time BRDC Silver Star winner, commented: “The BRDC is the stalwart institution of the racing fraternity in this country and has been a constant throughout my career. 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.”
Warwick added:“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.”