Vauxhall returns to BTCC as factory team with Power Maxed Racing

Vauxhall will return to the British Touring Car Championship next season as a factory team

Vauxhall returns to BTCC as factory team with Power Maxed Racing

Power Maxed Racing has signed a three-year deal to run new Astras in the series, and initial work has begun on the cars at the team's base in Bidford, Warwickshire.

Vauxhall was one of the mainstays of the BTCC over the last three decades, including taking four straight championships for the Astra Coupe model from 2001 to 2004. It withdrew as a factory operation at the end of 2009.

Power Maxed Racing team boss Adam Weaver said: "When we came in to the BTCC in 2015 with two Chevrolets, we set ourselves an ambition to win the title within five years.

"That might seem quite ambitious, but there is no point being here unless you are out to win.

"I started talking to manufacturers at the end of our first season, and things progressed.

"By securing this deal with Vauxhall, I think we are going to surprise a lot of people."

Weaver said no racers have been signed up for 2017 yet, but he was in negotiations.

"I would say we have about six drivers on the list," he added.

"We are talking to a lot of people and it is important that we get the decision right."

Power Maxed will create the cars in house, rather than sub-contracting the build of the hatchbacks to another firm.

The team is aiming to have the first example of the two-litre turbocharged car running by mid-February next year, with a second example to follow two weeks later.

They will be fitted with the new version of the Swindon Engines-derived BTCC TOCA powerplant, which the team was entrusted with running the development version of during the 2016 campaign.

BTCC series director Alan Gow said he was delighted to be adding another manufacturer to the entry list, with the Vauxhall effort joining Honda, BMW, Subaru and MG as factory-supported teams in 2017.

"It is fantastic to be welcoming the Vauxhall Astra back to the BTCC," said Gow.

"Its history and pedigree is there for all to see, and I have no doubt that the highly professional and experienced team at Power Maxed Racing are capable of being great partners to represent this iconic model."

Power Maxed Racing's deal with Vauxhall is part of a business partnership. Power Maxed is part of the Automotive Brands company, which will help Vauxhall to access further business opportunities.

Josh Cook and Dave Newsham drove for the outfit in 2015, with Cook scoring a podium finish at Rockingham. In 2016, Hunter Abbott handled one of the cars with the second shared between Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher and Newsham.

shares
comments
BTCC 2016 runner-up Sam Tordoff leaving the series
Previous article

BTCC 2016 runner-up Sam Tordoff leaving the series

Next article

Andrew Jordan 'buzzing' after first WSR BMW test ahead of 2017 BTCC

Andrew Jordan 'buzzing' after first WSR BMW test ahead of 2017 BTCC
Load comments
The grassroots rise that shaped an understated BTCC star Plus

The grassroots rise that shaped an understated BTCC star

Having started out in club-level competitions alongside his own university engineering studies, Josh Cook's journey to becoming an established frontrunner in the British Touring Car Championship is atypical. But it's these experiences that have moulded the 30-year-old into a humble star, respected throughout the paddock

BTCC
Jan 12, 2022
Ranking the top 10 BTCC drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 BTCC drivers of 2021

A refresh in equipment and some returning faces helped contribute to a supremely competitive 2021 British Touring Car Championship campaign. Ash Sutton was crowned a three-time champion, successfully defending his 2020 title, but faced stiff competition in the final year before the switch to hybrid. Autosport picks out the best performers

BTCC
Nov 17, 2021
Why the BTCC's ballast increase couldn't stop champion Sutton Plus

Why the BTCC's ballast increase couldn't stop champion Sutton

Ballast will be gone from the BTCC next year as hybrid power enters the scene, but for its final season the maximum was increased from 60kg to 75kg. Despite having to carry that nearly all season, Ash Sutton was always the favourite to pocket a third title - the 27-year-old getting his reward for a season of speed tempered by savvy to nail his opportunities

BTCC
Nov 12, 2021
The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59 Plus

The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59

OPINION: It's not often that a driver achieves widespread affection for their personality, as well as their on-track performances. One such individual is Gabriele Tarquini, who will soon bring the curtain down on a remarkable career that has yielded touring car titles on the European and global stage - and, famously, in Britain too

BTCC
Nov 11, 2021
The making of the BTCC's newest superstar Plus

The making of the BTCC's newest superstar

Ash Sutton is on the verge of being crowned a three-time British Touring Car Champion; he seems to have it all. But life hasn't always been straightforward for this superstar of touring cars, as Marcus Simmons has been finding out

BTCC
Oct 21, 2021
The green light shining for the BTCC's hybrid future Plus

The green light shining for the BTCC's hybrid future

The Cosworth Electronics-developed BTCC hybrid system made its public debut in the most recent round at Silverstone. It's simple, but could significantly change the series' technical challenges for both the drivers and the teams

BTCC
Oct 9, 2021
The restored BSCC battler back in its family's hands after 50 years Plus

The restored BSCC battler back in its family's hands after 50 years

The Imps of George Bevan became famous in British Saloon Car Championship competition during the early 1970s. Thanks to the efforts of a small band of enthusiasts, including Bevan's grandson Jonathan, one of the ex-Bill McGovern title winners has recently returned to the race track

Historics
Sep 30, 2021
The increasingly varied CV behind a new BTCC title challenger Plus

The increasingly varied CV behind a new BTCC title challenger

A driver with limited funds behind him, it’s been a tough road to the top of the British Touring Car Championship for Jake Hill. Now he’s a title contender, accomplished historic racer and in-demand coach. It’s a great life for this self-confessed motorsport junkie

BTCC
Aug 26, 2021