Vauxhall Astra outfit Power Maxed Racing have confirmed their driver lineup for the 2020 BTCC season, with Jason Plato and Mat Jackson behind the wheel.
The Warwickshire-based outfit, who run a pair of factory-backed Vauxhall Astras are looking to build on a positive 2019 season which included five podium finishes including a victory, and a 3rd place finish in the constructor’s championship.
Mat Jackson will return to the BTCC after a two-year absence for his 13th season in the series, and the 2008 runner-up was excited to line up in a Vauxhall Astra for 2020 after missing the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
“I may have been away from the series temporarily, but thoughts of winning the BTCC were never far away,” Jackson said. “I have unfinished business and it was critical for me to return with a top team, capable of mounting a consistent title challenge. I have received a number of offers during the last two years, but Adam [Weaver] has worked tirelessly to make my return possible with PMR. “
Jackson was excited to be lining up alongside new teammate Jason Plato and expressed a will to challenge for the title right from the off in 2020.
He continued “the team continues to grow in stature, and I do not doubt that they are the team I need to be with, so when the opportunity came to join them and partner with JP again, I was not going to miss out.”
Jason Plato, who will be entering his 23rd season in the BTCC took victory in the final race of the 2019 season on his way to 7th overall in the championship. The two-time series champion was delighted to the remain with the team he joined ahead of last year and was in a confident mood about building on what was a strong 2019.
“It has been a while since I was this excited for the start of the season,” said Plato. “I genuinely love my team at PMR; they work unbelievably hard to provide me with the very best car, but also have a lot of fun doing it; it’s a great place to be. Adam and Martin have put a very special group of people together that are focused on winning the championship, whilst sensibly making sure they are also building a stable future in the sport.”
Plato’s victory at Brands Hatch GP in 2019 was his first for over two years, but as the driver with the most wins in the history of the BTCC with 98, he was confident that PMR were the team to help him reach that historic 100.
He continued “This all helped me get my mojo back in 2019, and I want to reward them all with plenty more race wins. They will be the team I hit 100 wins with, I have no doubt!”
Plato also paid tribute to former teammate Rob Collard, and expressed his excitement about working with BTCC-returnee, Mat Jackson.
“I am sorry to see Rob [Collard] leave,” Plato said “as last year was fun. But at the same time I’m very happy about working with Mat again, and really look forward to seeing what we can achieve by working together”
Adam Weaver, PMR Team Principal was excited to head into 2020 with on paper, the team’s strongest lineup in their time in the BTCC. With both Plato and Jackson serial BTCC race winners, Weaver was confident of a title challenge.
Weaver said “There are very few people out there who truly know how hard this BTCC game is. It takes a tremendous amount of effort to do the job well; it is way past stressful, consistently makes me question my decision making and breaks me on a regular basis. However, this Driver line up alone makes it all worthwhile. It’s obvious that this is statistically our best pairing to date, and with the engineering team making the car better each year, we certainly intend to be challenging for a championship win this year.”
Power Maxed Racing’s new driver lineup will make it’s debut at the Silverstone preseason test on March 17th, before the opening round of the 2020 BTCC season on March 28th/29th at Donington Park.