Cook makes PMR return
Power Maxed Racing has today announced that Josh Cook will join the outfit for the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, aboard one of its in-house designed-and-built Vauxhall Astras.
Cook completed a memorable and successful rookie season in the BTCC with PMR, as he took home the coveted Jack Sears Trophy. He moved to pastures new in 2016 and 2017 before making his return for the campaign ahead.
“I’m so happy to be returning home to PMR,” said Cook. “I always wanted to stay there after winning the Jack Sears Trophy with them in both of our first years in the championship, but things just didn’t quite line up for all parties to do that.
“They were fantastic in my first season and having watched them closely and visited the premises recently there’s no doubt they’ve managed to improve massively; investment has gone in to all areas and the Astra looks so well built. I’m so excited.”
PMR re-introduced Vauxhall to the BTCC with the European Car of the Year, the Astra, in 2017. Now, with a year’s worth of data for all circuits under their belts, and plenty of winter development, the team are confident of yet another substantial leap in performance – spurred on by Rob Huff’s performance at Silverstone, earning them a podium place in the penultimate race weekend of the 2017 season, Senna Proctor’s JST-winning form and further podium promise in Tom Chilton’s hands.
Team Principal Adam Weaver said: “We knew that we had designed and built a great car. Rob’s feedback confirmed what we thought and helped prove that to everyone else. Alongside Tom, Senna did a fantastic job in his rookie season and won the Jack Sears Trophy with us and through no fault of his own, didn’t get the results his pace deserved.”
“I am delighted to welcome Josh back to PMR. We are a very different organisation to those early days and Josh has also developed as a driver. I am looking toward a very strong season.”
Martin Broadhurst, Race Director at PMR said: “Josh is the first person confirmed to do their second season with us, albeit with a two-year break. I am confident that this continuation with existing relationships and knowledge between team and Driver will only lead to greater things with the results we know we are capable of.”
The car’s full 2018 livery will be revealed at the Donington Park Season Launch, 27 March.