Power Maxed Racing evaluating 2016 driver line-up

Power Maxed Racing is “carefully evaluating” its driver line-up as the team prepares to embark on its second season in the British Touring Car Championship.

The 2015 season saw drivers Josh Cook and Dave Newsham consistently battling towards the front of the field, with the former earning a memorable podium finish at Rockingham as part of a dominant Jack Sears Trophy winning campaign.

Cook was also chosen to run the new RML components at the Brands Hatch finale and a post-season test at Donington Park.

“It has been an extremely busy but brilliant year,” said team manager Adam Weaver. “From buying the team through to completing our first season it has been completely flat out. We were delighted with our results, but we won’t be resting on our laurels and now it’s hopefully time to push even further up the grid.”

Weaver has admitted that as much as he’d like to immediately re-sign the 2015 pairing, outside factors could see new faces at Power Maxed Racing in 2016.

“It’s hugely important to get the right drivers and we’re keen to speak to all interested parties,” he continued. “There’s no need to panic and that’s why we would like to assess all the options available to us and see who fits in with our philosophy and ambitions.

“People sometimes fail to realise that it requires delicate negotiations between lots of different parties. Drivers’ sponsors can’t conflict with existing team sponsors, and vice versa, and then drivers have to get permission from their prospective sponsors and so on. It’s an art form, one we are mastering and having to as quickly as possible.

“Nothing would have given us more pleasure than to instantly re-sign Dave Newsham and Josh Cook, and negotiations with the latter are very much still ongoing. The process is not always straight forward, however, and that’s why it’s important that we carefully evaluate every opportunity.”