Power Maxed Racing has today (19 August) announced their intention to complete the rest of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, albeit with one car rather than the usual two.
The Warwickshire-based team will field one of its race winning Vauxhall Astras for the remaining seven events of the season, giving a number of up and coming drivers the opportunity to get to grips with the successful front-wheel-drive machinery.
Mike Bushell will be first up, piloting the Astra at Oulton Park and Knockhill, as part of a development programme the team have put together with the 2x Clio Cup UK Champion.
Bushell is no stranger to the BTCC grid, having scored numerous top ten finishes over the last few years, as well as stepping in for Sam Tordoff during the 2019 campaign.
As an accomplished motorsport engineer, having previously runRory Butcher’s Honda Civic, Bushell will be engineering the Astra for the remainder of the 2020 season, also doubling up as driver coach, as PMR look to field a number of highly accomplished British drivers throughout the year.
With Jason Plato confirmed for the 2021 season, as well as all existing team partners, the team is keen to use this year as an opportunity to recognise the talents of a number of drivers from the upper echelons of British motorsport, as well as support the championship through these unprecedented times.
Adam Weaver, PMR Team Principal, said: “Our announcement at the start of the season to temporarily withdraw from the BTCC was, as we said at the time, only intended to be for a few rounds. After just two rounds away from the paddock, and with the grid seemingly stronger than ever this year, we simply couldn’t wait to step back into the mix. We’d like to thank all our fans for their support, and we’re excited to get back out on track and give you what you want to see!”
Mike Bushell said: “PMR have proved themselves as a force to be reckoned with since they started racing in 2015, and I’m excited to be working with them this season. Martin (Broadhurst) and his team have put together a great car, as proven by multiple race wins, and I’m looking forward to both driving and engineering the car, as well as working with the great driver line up they are putting together. I’ve had my eye on some of the names for a while, and I think this programme gives them a unique opportunity to peddle a front running car in the world’s best racing series.”