To be a professional racing driver you need to work out, eat like an athlete and play by the rules, right? Wrong.
Jason Plato is one of the biggest characters in UK motor racing,
and one of the most controversial. Since bursting onto the karting
scene at the end of the 1970s he has gone on to either upstage or
upset dozens of drivers, team owners and team managers - not to
mention the odd policeman and nightclub owner. Despite that he is
the British Touring Car Championship's most successful driver ever
having won an astonishing 96 races and two championships, with more
race wins than Lewis Hamilton.
Since 2004, Jason has also co-presented the popular motoring magazine series Fifth Gear, which recently aired its 23rd series. Jason is also a weekly regular on James Martin's hugely popular current show, Saturday Morning, on ITV.
How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver is his first book.
Hilarious and outrageous * Chris Evans *
Jason Plato is one of the most gifted racing drivers of his generation! * Damon Hill *
As entertaining as watching him drive, a cracking read! * Sir Chris Hoy *
I read this in the hope that it would teach me everything I need to know so that one day I can become a racing driver although I think I may have left it too late... * Howard Donald, Take That *
Jason is a total fruitcake! * Jody Scheckter, Former F1 World Champion *
Top class chauffeur, sublime broadcaster, ultimate party honey badger. These are the qualities I know and adore about JP. He taught me how to nail a hot lap around Rockingham and I've been in a speed jive ever since. Jason can burn the candle at both ends and in the middle yet still deliver the business. * Suzi Perry, Fifth Gear *