Starting as title sponsor of the single car team of Chris Stockton’s TEAM BTC Chevrolet in 2014, in 2015 the decision was made to form Power Maxed Racing, in order to focus on promoting the range of vehicle care products produced by Automotive Brands, under the Power Maxed banner.
That year saw two Chevrolet Cruze saloons join the BTCC fray, ably piloted by Dave Newsham & rookie Josh Cook. With a podium finish at Rockingham, and consistent top 10 finishes, it was clear from the off that they were a team to be reckoned with. That was confirmed at the last round at Brands Hatch, when Josh took the win in the prestigious Jack Sears Trophy.
2016 saw the two Chevrolets re-emerge in the hands of former Lamborghini GT driver Hunter Abbott & Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher. The pairing brought the team huge publicity, and finished with several top 10 finishes.
Towards the end of 2016, Team Principal Adam Weaver & Race Director Martin Broadhurst were to succeed where many had failed, and brought Vauxhall back into the BTCC. With factory support, the team set to work building two brand new Astra K shells, and succeeded in having them in full livery ready for Media Day. BTCC Superstar Tom Chilton and rookie Senna Proctor were set to pilot the cars for the 2017 season, and did so with aplomb.
Chilton achieved a podium on his car’s very first competitive outing at Brands Hatch, and the success didn’t stop there, with a large number of top 10 finishes throughout the year. This was topped by a second-place finish at Silverstone, by guest driver, WTCC Champion Rob Huff, who narrowly lost out to multiple champion Matt Neal due to a number of safety car laps, and running on the Option tyre.
The season highlight was Senna Proctor securing his victory in the Jack Sears Trophy, awarded to best rookie in their first year, with 5 rounds to go, guaranteeing his place in the BTCC Hall of Fame.
2018 saw 2015 Jack Sears Champion Josh Cook take to the wheel of the PMR built Astra, alongside 2017 Jack Sears Champion Senna Proctor. The pair started the year off in spectacular style, securing 3 wins over 3 rounds, with Senna’s charge from P28 to victory in the second race at Brands Hatch going down as one of the greatest drives in BTCC history. This gave PMR their first BTCC win, quickly followed by Josh’s pole position and “lights-to-flag” victory at Donington during the second race weekend of the year, followed by another spectacular win at Thruxton just a few weeks later.
Throughout the season the pair achieved top-10 positions in more than 50% of the races, and amassed 9 podiums and 5 fastest laps. An incredible finale saw Josh up against outgoing-champion Ash Sutton, tousling for position around Brands Hatch’s GP circuit, leading most of the race but being edged out at the end to miss the win by just 0.043 of a second.
This meant a joint second in the Team’s Standings for the team; after just four years, that’s a source of immense pride for the team, and has earned them the respect of being one of the top teams in the championship.
For 2019, the team have secured two-time-champion and BTCC-legend Jason Plato, the most successful British racing driver of all time. He teams up with former Independents’ Champion, and BTCC-stalwart, Rob Collard. The two will be driving the PMR Astras through the 2019 season.
Car #11: Jason Plato - 2x BTCC Champion
Jason made a splash in BTCC when driving the Super Touring Williams Renault Laguna, back in 1997. He finished Third in his maiden season, and quickly made a name for himself. In 2000 he joined Vauxhall, and the following year secured his first Championship title, in the 888 built Astra Coupe. He continued to dominate the field, and in 2010 took his second title, this time in a Chevrolet Cruze. With 96 BTCC race wins under his belt, he’s earnt the title of “Most Successful British Racing Driver in History”, and is looking to take his 100th race win this year in the Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing Astra.
Car #9: Rob Collard - BTCC Independents’ Cup Champion
Rob began his BTCC career in 2000, in an ex-works Nissan Primera. Just 3-years later he took the hotly-contested Independent Cup title in an ex-888 Vauxhall Astra Coupe, and has been an integral part of the championship ever since. Since 2008 he has been at the helm of the rear-wheel-drive BMWs, run by Motorbase and WSR, and 2019 sees his first foray back in a front-wheel-drive setup.
Adam Weaver - Team Principal
Automotive Brands owner & founder Adam has always been a self confessed petrolhead. From a young age he was obsessed with everything motocross & circuit racing, and has competed in both the Volkswagen Cup, VAG Trophy & British RallyCross Championship. A tireless entrepreneur, he has seen enormous success with Automotive Brands, manufacturers of both Steel Seal head gasket repair & Power Maxed vehicle care & workshop products.
Martin Broadhurst - Team Manager & Technical Director
Martin's career in motorsport started more than 20 years ago. He is a highly respected engineer, and has held Crew Chief positions with Prodrive WRC, Ralliart WRC & 888 BTCC (Vauxhall & MG). He heads up the team, and ensures that everyone knows exactly where they should be and when. His wealth of knowledge in suspension dynamics & car setup are the reason for the team's success within such a short period of time, and he is a driving force behind Power Maxed Racing's engineering & marketing portfolio.
Andy King - Commercial Director
Andy has worked in some of the World's biggest forms of motorsport. From his years in F1 & Indy Car, to holding Commercial Management positions in one of the biggest BTCC team in the 90s heyday, Andy is a well respected figure both in & out of the paddock.
Si McNally - Communications, Marketing & PR Manager
Hailing from a Consultancy background, Si has been involved with high level motorsport all his life, culminating in a season with a high ranking team within GT4 & Porsche SuperCup. Having worked with PMR in the past, it was a natural progression for him to join the team. If you've joined us at a BTCC round, chances are it's Si that will have answered all your questions. He acts as Account Manager for all PMR's Partners, and acts as guest coordinator on race weekends.
Dan Rathmill - Design & Data
Mick Cook - Jason Plato
Rob Peacey - Rob Collard
Gary Killpack - Crew Chief
Paul Ellis - Number 1, Jason Plato
Ethan Belcher-Brown - Number 1, Rob Collard
Charlie Broughton - Number 2, Jason Plato
Andrew Orton - Number 2, Rob Collard
Colin Martin - Head Fabricator & Number 2, Jason Plato
PMR also employ a large number of specialists to assist in the running of the team on Race Weekends. These include Hospitality Staff, highly trained Tyre Specialists and additional Race Mechanics.