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2010 Chevrolet Cruze BTCC

Details with the 2010 Chevrolet Cruze entering the BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) have just been revealed. The two 2010 Chevrolet Cruze cars that will compete in the BTCC are prepared by RML and will get driven by former champion and Fifth Gear's co-host Jason Plato and 19-year oldAlex MacDowall.

The first race for the 2010 Chevrolet Cruze BTCC cars will take place on April 4th at Thruxton, Hants and Plato said "We are verymotivated to make this our year, the opposition had better be ready..."

Other manufacturer backed cars to align at the grid in this new season also include the 2010 Honda Civic BTCC.

Chevrolet press release :

With a fine motorsport heritage behind it, Chevrolet is one of the most evocative names on any starting grid.

And in 2010, motorsport fans in the UK will get the chance to see anofficial Chevrolet team in action, with two manufacturer-backed Cruzesentering the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).

Two Silverline Chevrolet Cruzes will appear on the grid for the 2010season, expected to be one of the closest and most exciting in theseries’ history. The cars will be prepared by the Wellingborough-basedRML team, which also looks after Chevrolet’s WTCC Cruzes.

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

As far as drivers are concerned, the Silverline Chevrolet teamsports an exciting mixture of both youth and experience, with formerBTCC champion and 2009 runner-up, Jason Plato, driving the first car,and 19-year old Alex MacDowall driving the second. It’s theCarlisle-based teenager’s first season in BTCC, having previouslycompeted in the top rankings of the Renault Clio Cup.

Plato has already driven a Chevrolet in the BTCC through 2009, aprivately entered Lacetti sponsored by Silverline Tools, whichcontinues to be a major team sponsor alongside Chevrolet UK.

“I always had confidence that teaming up with RML and Chevroletwould mean wins, The Lacetti of 2009 was a formidable piece of kit,”said Plato, 42. “Now in 2010 we have manufacturer support fromChevrolet and a very exciting new car in the Cruze. We are verymotivated 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 anofficial manufacturer-backed team – takes place on Easter Sunday, April4, at Thruxton, Hants. Fans can follow the progress of the Chevroletteam at a dedicated website –www.chevroletbtcc.co.uk

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