Initially running as BTC Racing, the team entered the BTCC at the tail end of 2006, fielding Lexus IS 200s for Chris Stockton and Darren Dowling. That was in preparation for a fuller campaign the following season, when Stockton returned alongside new recruit Nick Leason, who departed the fray after the opening three rounds. Stockton tallied points at Brands Hatch and Croft.
In 2008, BTC Racing continued to run the Lexus’ under the S2000 rules for Stockton and multiple truck racing champion Stuart Oliver, before replacing the cars with a brace of ex-Motorbase SEAT Toledo Cupras from round three onwards. The squad’s best result of the campaign was eighth position for Stockton at Donington Park, whilst Gareth Howell deputised for Oliver at Thruxton and Oulton Park. Former sportscar racer Stockton returned with the team in 2014 as Power Maxed Racing, behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Cruze.
Power Maxed took technical control of the squad for 2015 and expanded to a two-car operation for Renault UK Clio Cup runner-up Josh Cook and BTCC race-winner Dave Newsham. The team achieved a podium finish at Rockingham and constantly challenged inside the top ten. An all-new driver line-up was signed for 2016, in Hunter Abbott and Kelvin Fletcher. It was a mixed campaign, with a handful of mid-points finishes the best results along the way.
In late 2016, Power Maxed Racing announced that Vauxhall would be returning as a manufacturer with its new Astra replacing the Chevrolet. Tom Chilton made his own return to the BTCC last year with PMR did bring silverware, and in addition, his team-mate Senna Proctor enjoyed a storming year to become champion in the ultra-competitive Jack Sears Trophy in what was an impressive rookie campaign.
Proctor took a first race win in the BTCC at Brands Hatch Indy in 2018, and finished the campaign a creditable 12th overall. He made the switch to Adrian Flux Subaru Racing in the off-season ahead of the 2019 campaign.
Cook joined the factory Vauxhall effort at Power Maxed TAG Racing alongside Proctor and won in each of the opening two race weekends. He sealed four further podiums on the way to sixth in the Drivers’ running.
For 2019, Jason Plato returned to Vauxhall machinery and was joined by Rob Collard.
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Team: Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing
Car: Vauxhall Astra
Team Members: Jason Plato, Rob Collard
First Season: 2014
Team Principal: Martin Broadhurst
Phone: 01789 330668
Team Address: Automotive Brands Building, 30 Bidavon Industrial Estate, Bidford, B50 4JN