RML confirm Plato and MacDowall for BTCC Cruze’s

RML are set to run two works Chevrolet Cruze’s in the 2010 British Touring Car Championship piloted by Jason Plato and 19-year old Alex MacDowall.

Backed once again by Silverline the Wellingborough-based team will enter the BTCC season whilst they run the WTCC operation alongside.

“The Cruze has already shown itself to be a superb racing car in the World Touring Car Championship,” said Chevrolet Managing Director, Mark Terry. “So the decision to enter it in the most high profile series in the UK was made much easier. We're looking forward to an exciting season, and one that will raise the profile of both the Chevrolet brand, and the style and dynamic appeal of the Cruze – a car that has already proven to be a success both on and off the track.”

The two confirmed drivers for 2010 are former BTCC champion and 2009 runner-up Jason Plato, partnered by 19-year old Alex MacDowall who will be making his BTCC debut after previously competing in the Renault Clio Cup.

“I always had confidence that teaming up with RML and Chevrolet would mean wins, The Lacetti of 2009 was a formidable piece of kit,” said Plato, 42. “Now in 2010 we have manufacturer support from Chevrolet and a very exciting new car in the Cruze. We are very motivated to make this our year, the opposition had better be ready -Roll on Thruxton!”

The first race in the 2010 BTCC season – and Chevrolet's debut as an official manufacturer-backed team – takes place on Easter Sunday, April 4, at Thruxton, Hants. Fans can follow the progress of the Chevrolet team at a dedicated website – www.chevroletbtcc.co.uk