So, you've just narrowly missed out on a third British Touring Car Championship crown at the season finale. You're with a squad you've described as 'the best touring car team in the world' (one with which you've won 22 races in three years) and you believe you only really lost the title this time because of being at a power disadvantage thanks to the rules. What do you do next?
If you're Jason Plato, you move to a different team with a car that hasn't even been built yet, never mind proved itself on the track.
Plato's switch from the RML-run Chevrolet factory squad to MG's new works programme, run by Triple 8 Engineering, caught many by surprise. It ultimately led to RML leaving the series and gives the 2001 and 2010 champion a lot of work to do if he is to challenge for the crown again this year. So why did he do it?
Plato, in a Chevrolet, battled with Neal and Shedden for 2011 title © LAT
"There was an opportunity with RML and with MG, and elsewhere," says Plato. "When I looked at everything, the MG deal was the most attractive for a number of reasons.
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Kevin Turner is the editor of Autosport magazine, having previously been the editor of sister publication Motorsport News. He joined the magazine in 2006 after writing club race reports as a freelancer while studying history at the University of York. He has also covered international events for both the magazine and the website, including the Le Mans 24 Hours. Kevin covered the British Touring Car Championship from 2011 to '14 and has a keen interest in the historic racing scene. He lives in Fleet with his wife and two children.@KRT917 More features by Kevin Turner