Former multiple Renault UK Clio Cup race winner Josh Cook will race alongside Dave Newsham at Power Maxed Racing in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The 23-year-old from Bath will take the reigns of the re-branded team’s second Chevrolet Cruze for his debut BTCC season under the new #RacingforHeroes banner, the dedicated motorsport fundraising partner of the Help for Heroes charity.
Last year’s Clio Cup runner-up picked up six wins but narrowly missed out on the BTCC support series title to Mike Bushell, also notching up the most podium finishes and laps led of any driver.
An ecstatic Cook said: “The realisation that I will be lining up on the BTCC grid has not yet sunk in. I cannot wait to get behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Cruze and battle it out, although I am under no illusions of the challenge that lies ahead.
“The recent team changes at Power Maxed Racing, including the appointment of Martin Broadhurst as Team Manager fill me with confidence that this will be a long and successful partnership.”
Adam Weaver, Power Maxed Racing Team Principal, commented: “I’m excited to have Josh on board, he’s excelled throughout his career and it’s great to be helping him realise his dream and his potential of racing in the BTCC. Josh will add a good dose of youth and enthusiasm to the team and I’m sure both he and Dave will keep each other on their toes and spur each other on.”
Power Maxed Racing continued their recent transformation by appointing former Triple Eight Race Engineering Crew Chief, Martin Broadhurst, to the position of Team Manager.
Broadhurst commented: “Working with Adam and the team at Power Maxed Racing is the perfect next step in my career. I was looking for a new challenge; I see great potential in Power Maxed Racing and am confident we can work hard together to achieve great things this season and beyond.”
Weaver meanwhile not only feels the excitement of the coming challenge with new drivers Newsham and Cook, but heaped praise on the team’s former driver, Chris Stockton, who departs the squad formerly branded BTC Racing to focus on business commitments.
“We are delighted to be able to grow the team with a view to challenging for podiums in 2015″, Weaver added. “Signing the 2014 Jack Sears Trophy winner and BTCC race winner Dave Newsham was the first step of many and the expertise of our new Team Manager Martin Broadhurst are set to put Power Maxed Racing firmly on the map this year.
“Power Maxed Racing wouldn’t be in such a strong position if it wasn’t for the commitment from Chris Stockton last season to keep pushing the car and the team. We are working flat out to launch the new look cars at Media day.”
The team has a test schedule planned between now and the first round and will unveil their livery at the BTCC media day on 24 March.