PMR STEPS UP DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Power Maxed Car Care Racing has today (18 February) announced that Jac Constable will be joining the team as its BTCC Development Driver. The Fleet-based driver is no stranger to the team, as he was due to drive one of the Power Maxed Car Care Racing Vauxhall Astras during the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship rounds at Croft last year, before a last-minute bout of appendicitis forced him to step down after qualifying.
The Warwickshire-based team has been vocal about its ethos of giving drivers a chance in the UK’s most popular series and, having given the likes of Josh Cook, Senna Proctor and Jade Edwards their big break in the sport, show no signs of abating with this latest announcement, revealing the intention for Jac to join the team as a fully-fledged BTCC racer in 2022.
Constable will be taking to the track in one of the team’s Leon Cupra TCRs in the TCR-UK Championship during 2021, before aiming to step up to the pinnacle of British Motorsport, the BTCC. Constable will be working closely with PMR to develop the BTCC Astra, with a number of test sessions already confirmed, and will be learning the ropes at events throughout the year, with hopes for his first BTCC assault with the team in the near future.
The 23-year-old is no stranger to the TOCA paddock, having taken the Ginetta GT4 Am title in 2017, after winning 13 of 23 races outright, with a further win in the Dubai 24-hour “Championship of The Continents” in 2018.
The team is still in talks with various experienced drivers to determine who will join double Champion Jason Plato in the second Astra for the 2021 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, utilising the delayed start to the season in order to assess the best candidate for the seat.
“The decision to postpone the start of the season has given us more time to make sure we do the right deal for our second driver this year,” said Team Principal Adam Weaver. “With JP’s win at the end of 2019 and the extensive development process the cars have undergone during the winter break, we’re quietly confident of some great results this season and are looking to ensure that whoever takes the seat is capable of racing at the front straight out of the box. I’m really looking forward to working with Jac as part of the Development Programme – he slotted into the team perfectly last year, showed a lot of potential at his test and will be a valuable asset over the years to come.”
“We’re really looking forward to working with Jac again, after his chance in the car was unfortunately cut short last year through no fault of his own,” added Team Manager Martin Broadhurst. “He really impressed us with not only his skill on track, but his attitude and professionalism away from it, and we’ve been discussing how we can continue working together since Croft. The programme we’ve put together is a great way of giving him the experience necessary to join the fiercely competitive BTCC grid, transferring his skills in rear-wheel-drive cars to front-wheel drive-touring cars.”
“When I had the call from Martin [Broadhurst] offering me the Development Drive I was over the moon!” Constable declared. “I’m so excited to be helping Power Maxed Car Care Racing in the push to challenge for BTCC titles, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. This will be my first year racing front-wheel-drive, and I’m relishing the challenge. What better way is there to attack my first season away from rear-wheel-drive than with PMR’s guidance and experience? The team helped me get my first taste of the BTCC last year at Croft, and with this new Development Driver role, I’m one step closer to progressing my dream of joining the BTCC grid.”