Bidford touring car team Power Maxed Racing steps up its driver development programme
POWER Maxed Racing have announced Jac Constable will be joining the team as their British Touring Car Championship development driver.
The Fleet-based driver is no stranger to the Biford team, as he was due to drive one of their Vauxhall Astra’s at Croft last year before a last-minute bout of appendicitis forced him to step down.
The team are still in talks with various drivers to determine who will join double champion Jason Plato in the second Astra this season. With several experienced drivers in discussions with the multiple-race winners, PMR are making the most of the extra time the delayed season start has brought to the table, in order to assess the best candidate for the seat.
PMR have been vocal about their support 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 their latest announcement, with the intention being for Constable 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, looking to take victory in the hotly-contested TCR-UK Championship, before aiming to step up to the BTCC.
Constable will be working closely with PMR to develop the BTCC Astra, with a number of touring car test sessions already confirmed, and will be learning the ropes at BTCC 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.
“When I had the call from Martin [Broadhurst – team manager] offering me the development drive I was over the moon. I’m so excited to be helping PMR in their 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.
“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.”
Team principal Adam Weaver said: “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.
“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.”