Maximum BTCC team recruits STCC racer after Cook returns to MG

British Touring Car Championship squad Maximum Motorsport has enlisted Swedish racer Dennis Strandberg to drive its Ford Focus at Croft this weekend after Josh Cook's exit for MG

Maximum BTCC team recruits STCC racer after Cook returns to MG

Strandberg's move completes a merry-go-round of BTCC driver changes started when Daniel Lloyd and Triple Eight's works MG squad parted ways, with Lloyd now set to compete in the TCR International Series in a Craft-Bamboo Racing SEAT Leon.

Cook then left Maximum to replace Lloyd at Triple Eight, the team he drove for last season.

Strandberg now takes Cook's place at Maximum.

The 23-year-old drove the squad's Ford at a tyre test at Snetterton last year, and will make his BTCC debut at Croft this weekend.

He has competed for Maximum before, in the VW Racing Cup.

Strandberg currently lies seventh in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship, driving a Volkswagen Golf GTi, and has has a varied career that includes British GT, TCR Germany and the Swedish Ginetta GT5 Challenge.

Maximum Motorsport boss Stewart Lines said the move follows Maximum's policy of giving young drivers a chance at competing.

"We have worked with Dennis in recent years and we think he's a really exciting prospect," said Lines.

"At Maximum we pride ourselves on giving young drivers a chance and we're looking forward to seeing how Dennis gets on in our Ford Focus."

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