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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Swindon retains TOCA engine deal

September 1st, 2015

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The British Touring Car Championship will continue to use Swindon Engines to to supply its ‘TOCA’ engine through to the end of the 2021 season. Teams have had the option to use the championship-commissioned engine since the NGTC regulations were introduced in 2011, with 19 of the current field running with it. Although the BTCC decided to switch its partner for standard components to RML as part of its “mid-term NGTC evaluation”, it will continue to work with Swindon on the engine side. Nine manufacturers expressed an interest in the deal, with four going forward on a shortlist for consideration by the BTCC’s ‘Review Panel’. Series director Alan Gow said: “As we witnessed with the recent chassis, suspension and associated components tender, awarding this contract was certainly not merely a [...]

Foster to stand in for Priaulx at WSR

September 1st, 2015

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Nick Foster will return to the British Touring Car Championship this weekend to stand in for Andy Priaulx at the WSR BMW team. Priaulx has a clashing commitment in the European Le Mans Series, where he races for BMW’s factory-backed Marc VDS team, at Paul Ricard. His BTCC backer IHG was keen to ensure the car was still on the grid at Rockingham, with 16 potential replacements considered by Dick Bennetts’ WSR squad before it decided to recall its 2011-14 driver Foster. “People wouldn’t believe the number and calibre of names that wanted to drive for us next weekend, which made for a really tough decision,” said Bennetts. “We had to consider what was best for our team, IHG Rewards Club and the rest of our partners, and came to [...]

Lapierre replaces van Lagen at Lada

August 28th, 2015

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Sportscar regular Nicolas Lapierre will swap tin-top codes and replace Jaap van Lagen in the factory Lada team for the final four rounds of the 2015 World Touring Car Championship. Van Lagen joined Lada on a short-term deal after the team parted company with James Thompson ahead of the Nurburgring race. Lapierre, dropped from Toyota’s World Endurance Championship squad during 2014, won the LMP2 class at Le Mans this year in a KCMG-run ORECA, and his links with the French manufacturer – which also developed Lada’s new Vesta TC1 car – paved the way to a WTCC test at Paul Ricard this June. He will race the car for the first time at the forthcoming Motegi round on 11-13 September. “I have driven a lot of single-seaters and sportcars, but [...]

RML secures BTCC technical deal

August 28th, 2015

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The British Touring Car Championship has chosen the RML Group to take over the supply of standard chassis components for the series from next year. The Wellingborough-based firm, best known for successful racing programmes in touring cars and sportscars, will take over from GPRM, which had supplied the series since the Next Generation Touring Car regulations were introduced in 2011. In a six-year contract, RML will provide spare parts and technical support at all rounds of the series, as well as official test days. RML was chosen by the ‘BTCC Design Group’ – comprising leading BTCC designers and engineers – following a tender process. Its work will initially focus on technical updates to be available for the teams to use from 2016 onwards. It plans to test a car with [...]

Ingall returns to replace Courtney

August 28th, 2015

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Russell Ingall will come out of retirement to replace the injured James Courtney in the Holden Racing Team at next month’s V8 Supercars Sandown 500. The 2005 champion stepped out of the cockpit at the end of last year, having raced full-time in the class since 1996. Ingall raced a Walkinshaw Racing Commodore in 2012 and ’13, and has been called up by the squad to stand-in for Courtney in its #22 HRT entry with Jack Perkins. Courtney suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung in a freak off-track accident caused by a helicopter at Sydney Motorsport Park last Friday, and has ruled out Sandown to focus on being fit for the Bathurst 1000 in October. “It’s a tough situation – I’m not happy about missing the race, but if [...]

Austin BTCC team to drop Audi A4s

August 27th, 2015

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Rob Austin’s race-winning British Touring Car Championship team will not field its brace of Audi A4s in the series next season. Austin, a race winner in British Formula 3, made his BTCC debut in 2011 when his eponymous team introduced the A4 as part of the first batch of then-new NGTC machinery. He took his first win in 2013 at Rockingham before repeating the feat last season, but he and team-mate Hunter Abbott have struggled this year, with Austin 13th in the points with a best finish of fifth. It is understood the long wheelbase and high base weight of the A4s have often compromised the team and Austin told AUTOSPORT there was “no incentive to come back” with them next season. “We won’t be running it next year,” he [...]

Courtney in doubt for enduro events

August 25th, 2015

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Holden Racing Team driver James Courtney is in serious doubt for V8 Supercars’ endurance races, following his freak off-track accident at Sydney Motorsport Park last week. The 2010 champion was hospitalised on Friday when he was struck by pit equipment that fell during a helicopter demonstration. Courtney suffered two broken ribs and a collapsed lung in the incident, and was replaced in the weekend’s three races by endurance co-driver Jack Perkins. He was discharged from hospital on Tuesday, albeit unable to fly from Sydney to his home on Queensland’s Gold Coast, instead doing the journey by car. With the Sandown 500 less than three weeks away and Bathurst 1000 a month later, Walkinshaw Racing boss Adrian Burgess said the team was in the dark about Courtney’s return. “People are saying [...]

BTCC suspends Austin team’s licence

August 24th, 2015

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The British Touring Car Championship has suspended one of Rob Austin Racing’s TOCA BTCC Licences after Hunter Abbott skipped the Knockhill races to attend the birth of his first child. Series regulations state a stand-in driver must replace a team’s full-time entry if they are unable to participate in a round, or the team’s TBL will be withdrawn. Two teams – Welch Motorsport and Support our Paras Racing – have lost TBLs in the last month because they breached the regulations for reasons that did not count as force majeure. Owing to the circumstances surrounding Abbott’s absence, the championship has opted to suspend the second RAR TBL for the rest of the season – with the team being granted a second entry for the remaining races – rather than remove [...]

Priaulx loses third place to Moffat

August 23rd, 2015

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Andy Priaulx has lost his podium from the final British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill, handing Aiden Moffat a maiden series rostrum. Three-time world champion Priaulx passed Moffat at Scotsman halfway through the third race, but did so with a small amount of contact. Officials ruled that the positions should be reversed and gave Priaulx a 3.5-second post-race penalty. That demoted the WSR BMW to fourth behind Moffat’s Mercedes. Moffat, who missed the last round at Snetterton after being concussed in a practice crash, said he was disappointed not to have been able to celebrate on the podium but was thrilled to have been awarded the breakthrough result at his home race. “It’s something that always seemed so far away,” he told AUTOSPORT. “It’s massive, especially after a very [...]

Neal snatches win away from Morgan

August 23rd, 2015

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Matt Neal made a penultimate-lap pass on Adam Morgan to snatch victory in the final British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill. Morgan had established a comfortable lead on two occasions in his Ciceley Racing Mercedes A-Class, but saw one wiped out by a safety car and the other by his own mistake. Starting a reverse-grid finale on pole for the third time this season, Morgan led stable-mate Aiden Moffat away at the start and proceeded to space between himself and the Scottish youngster in the opening laps. A dislodged tyre stack at the chicane required a one-lap safety car so it could be replaced, and on the restart Morgan pulled away from Moffat again – this time to the tune of more than three seconds as the Scot came [...]

Shedden claims clear victory at home

August 23rd, 2015

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Gordon Shedden claimed a comfortable home victory in the second British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill. The local hero passed polesitter Mat Jackson in the early stages of the race and managed a safety-car restart with ease to eventually win by over three seconds. Shedden got ahead of Jackson’s Motorbase Ford by virtue of a superb run through the chicane on lap five, and dived by into Clark’s Curve before going on to build a lead of almost five seconds before half-distance. Stewart Lines’ stranded Houseman Toyota Avensis required a safety-car clear-up though, which meant Shedden’s Honda Civic Type-R soon had Jackson for company again. At the restart, though, the Scot was untroubled – and streaked clear again to claim his third win of the season. His nearest challenger, [...]

Collard battles to Knockhill victory

August 23rd, 2015

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Rob Collard battled through to win the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill. It was another WSR BMW 125i M Sport that led into Duffus Dip for the first time as Andy Priaulx held onto his pole advantage, while the third BMW of Sam Tordoff fluffed its lines from second on the grid and fell to third behind Mat Jackson. The Motorbase Ford Focus man needed little time to get to the front, passing Priaulx into the hairpin at the end of the first lap and then edged out a near-three-second lead after half a dozen laps. As he made good his escape Collard, who surprisingly had made no progress from fourth on the grid at the start but nipped ahead of Tordoff later on in the opening [...]

Plato plans pit start after worst result

August 22nd, 2015

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British Touring Car Championship points leader Jason Plato may start the opening race at Knockhill from the pitlane after suffering the worst qualifying result of his career. The two-time champion, who this weekend has 75kgs ballast in his car for qualifying and race one, ended up 22nd having struggled with the handling of his Team BMR Volkswagen CC. KNOCKHILL QUALIFYING REPORT: Priaulx tops frenetic session Plato told AUTOSPORT the poor performance meant he would seriously consider repeating his pitlane start from Croft, where he had qualified 11th, and use the soft-compound Dunlops to try to set a fast laptime and get up the grid for race two. “There’s no way I’ll be starting on the grid,” he said. “What’s the point? You can’t get a good laptime in the pack. [...]

Priaulx takes frantic Knockhill pole

August 22nd, 2015

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Andy Priaulx grabbed a last-gasp pole position at Knockhill in a frenetic British Touring Car Championship qualifying session. The three-time world champion’s first ever BTCC pole came at the Scottish track in 2002, and he pulled a record-breaking 51.671-second lap out of the bag with less than a minute remaining to top qualifying for the second time in his comeback season. Priaulx had run second to Motorbase driver Mat Jackson for the majority of the session, which was punctuated by two red-flag periods. Jackson held provisional pole from Priaulx and Matt Neal when the red flags were required after Jeff Smith spun at Scotsman and Dan Welch’s suspension failed at Duffus Dip moments apart from each other. When the session resumed Jackson immediately improved to a 51.659s, but lost the [...]

Shedden dominates Knockhill practice

August 22nd, 2015

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Gordon Shedden started his home round of the British Touring Car Championship in fine form by dominating Knockhill practice in his Honda Civic Type-R. The Scot, who works at the track, was the only driver to break the 52-second barrier en route to topping the second practice session on Saturday. Shedden left it until the final 10 minutes of FP2 to record two laps good enough for top spot, first a 51.995s to depose Jeff Smith and then a 51.898s to ram home his advantage. Smith, who scored his first BTCC podium at Knockhill in 2012, finished a shock second in his older-specification Eurotech Honda Civic – and also caused the session’s only stoppage when he beached in the red flag the lap after setting his best time, a 52.051s. [...]

Moffat cleared to return after crash

August 21st, 2015

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Aiden Moffat has been cleared to race at this weekend’s British Touring Car Championship round at Knockhill following his Snetterton crash. The Scot was forced to sit out the races three weeks after suffering a concussion in a practice accident. He was briefly knocked unconscious when he crashed his Mercedes A-Class into the barriers at the Montreal corner. Concussion – the injury motorsport can’t ignore BTCC medical director Dr Paul Trafford passed Moffat fit to race on Friday morning. “Snetterton was looking very promising for us,” said Moffat. “We had a test session on Wednesday and we tried a big set-up change on the car, which suited me very well. “From the changes we were posting very quick times and consistently too. “We tried going further with the changes for [...]

Courtney hurt in freak incident

August 21st, 2015

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Holden driver James Courtney has been hospitalised following a freak, off-track incident during the first day of the V8 Supercars event at Sydney Motorsport Park. The 2010 champion was struck in the ribs by a piece of pitlane equipment that was dislodged during an entertainment session featuring a Navy helicopter flyover. He was taken to Sydney’s nearby Westmead Hospital for tests and then diagnosed with two fractured ribs and a pneumothorax – a pocket of air between his ribs and lungs. “I think the Navy helicopter was hovering over pitlane and [the pilot] has probably come too close and created a bit of a downdraft and a bit of a swell,” Walkinshaw Racing boss Adrian Burgess explained during the event telecast. “A piece of debris has come across at [Courtney] [...]

De Silvestro set for Bathurst 1000 seat

August 18th, 2015

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Formula E and IndyCar racer Simona de Silvestro will contest V8 Supercars’ Bathurst 1000 in an all-female team, AUTOSPORT has learned. The Swiss driver is set to team up with Renee Gracie, a competitor in V8s’ second-tier Dunlop Series, in an additional Ford entry from the Prodrive Racing Australia team that currently leads the series with Mark Winterbottom. The deal is expected to be announced in Australia on Wednesday. De Silvestro and Gracie will be Bathurst’s first all-female team since Melinda Price and Kerryn Brewer finished 11th in 1998. The last female driver to start the classic race was Leanne Tander in 2009. The race will have two wildcard entries, taking the grid to 27 cars. Dunlop Series outfit Novocastrian Motorsport will run a Garry Rogers Motorsport-built Commodore, driven by [...]

BSRTC Comes to Motors TV UK!

by Andrew Woodhouse on August 18th, 2015

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Coming at you on Motors TV UK: The final 19 rounds of the BSRTC season!

BSR & Apex Racing TV have reached an agreement with Motors TV UK to nationally televise the final 19 race meetings of the British Sim Racers Touring Car Pro Series season. To celebrate this exciting news, iRacing is offering a special discount for new three month memberships.  Just go to iRacing.com and enter the following promotional code: PR-BSRTC. BSRTC is in its ninth season on iRacing.com and sees around 40 of the best sim racers from around the world battling it out in the Kia Optima at the world’s greatest circuits for a share of the $10,000 prize fund. An hour-long highlights package will air each week, featuring action from all three of the evening’s races and insightful commentary from Andrew Woodhouse, Adam Bath and iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix [...]

Plato keen on racing at Le Mans

August 18th, 2015

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Two-time British Touring Car champion Jason Plato is keen on contesting the Le Mans 24 Hours in the future. The 47-year-old has raced in the BTCC for all-but-two seasons since making his debut in 1997, and he currently leads the championship. He told AUTOSPORT he was still targeting an attack on the famous French enduro, but it would likely be after his time in the BTCC was over. “There’s still a big burning desire to do Le Mans but it has to be on my terms,” he told AUTOSPORT. Why Plato sticks with the BTCC “I have got to be in a good car and have two proper team-mates. “Unless I’m I’ve got those ingredients I’m not interested. “When the [BTCC's] racing is great and it has all these other [...]