Power Maxed assessing driver market
Power Maxed Racing is busy preparing for its sophomore season in the BTCC having enjoyed a stellar maiden campaign in 2015.
Josh Cook was the dominant force in the Jack Sears Trophy as the Bath racer cruised to claim the largest piece of silverware on offer in the BTCC.
Cook and team-mate Dave Newsham regularly troubled the established front-runners too, with the former grabbing a memorable overall podium at Rockingham. The new outfit kept pushing until the very end of the season, as Newsham narrowly missed out on his own rostrum at both Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
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. The whirlwind period is far from over, however, as Team Principal Adam Weaver confirmed the Chevrolet squad haven’t stopped since.
“It has been an extremely busy but brilliant year,” he said. “From buying the team through to completing our first season 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.”
Part of that process over the winter will be of course to secure its driver line-up for the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, something that Weaver admits can be a long and pain-staking process.
“It’s hugely important to get the right drivers and we’re keen to speak to all interested parties,” he continued. “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.
“We believe that we proved ourselves to be a very worthy team in what is the toughest championship in the country, and we look forward to continuing our development into 2016.”