Following a highly encouraging 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, Power Maxed Racing are now “carefully evaluating” their potential driver line-up for this season’s assault.
The Independent squad enjoyed a successful season over the past 12 months with their Chevrolet Cruze pairing of Dave Newsham and Josh Cook, the latter lifting the Jack Sears Trophy at the end of the season at Brands Hatch for finishing as the BTCC’s top rookie of 2015.
Former Renault UK Clio Cup runner-up Cook also earned the team’s maiden visit to the podium in the series, third place in a fighting Rockingham drive then almost backed up by Newsham at Silverstone’s penultimate meeting.
Looking back at the season, team Principal Adam Weaver said: “It has been an extremely busy but brilliant year. From buying the team through to completing our first season.”
The team was chosen to run the new-for-2016 RML components at Brands Hatch and then again at a post-season test at Donington Park, Weaver adding that the Power Maxed squad’s schedule remained a hectic one.
“It has been completely flat out. We were delighted with our results, but we won’t be resting on our laurels and now it’s hopefully time to push even further up the grid.”
Switching to the team’s future plans, Weaver said that there will be careful consideration over the Chevrolet outfit’s driver line-up for 2016.
“It’s hugely important to get the right drivers and we’re keen to speak to all interested parties,” added Weaver. “There’s no need to panic and that’s why we would like to assess all the options available to us and see who fits in with our philosophy and ambitions.
“People sometimes fail to realise that it requires delicate negotiations between lots of different parties. Drivers’ sponsors can’t conflict with existing team sponsors, and vice versa, and then drivers have to get permission from their prospective sponsors and so on. It’s an art form, one we are mastering and having to as quickly as possible.
“Nothing would have given us more pleasure than to instantly re-sign Dave Newsham and Josh Cook, and negotiations with the latter are very much still ongoing. The process is not always straight forward, however, and that’s why it’s important that we carefully evaluate every opportunity.”