Andrew Watson secures Power Maxed Racing seat

Andrew Watson will make his debut in the British Touring Car Championship this season after inking a deal with Power Maxed Racing.

The 27-year-old, who has spent recent seasons competing in sportscar competition in everything from the British GT Championship to the Le Mans 24 Hours, will drive one of PMR’s Vauxhall Astras as he embarks on his first season of touring car competition.

Watson, who is managed by Mark Blundell’s MB Partners company, has previously held a hybrid development role with the MB Motorsport squad.

“Getting the opportunity to compete in the BTCC is really exciting,” he said. “The championship itself is highly competitive and offers a challenge which I am eager to tackle.

“From 2012 to 2014, I raced as part of the support package through the Ginetta ladder and I’ve always loved following the championship. It’s a big change for me in a lot of aspects but the team’s knowledge and professionalism will help me on that journey. T

“hey have a background in forging the achievements of some of the current grid’s top drivers and that gave me every indication that this was the right match for myself, and I can’t wait to get out on track!

“I’d really like to thank everyone at Power Maxed Racing for this opportunity, which I’m very grateful for and I am looking forward to representing them out on track. It is going to be a completely different challenge and skillset for me but I’m going into it with my eyes wide open and fully committed to the task ahead.

“The challenge of front-wheel drive will be an interesting one, but I’m looking forward to tackling it and I have no doubt that with an experienced team around me, we will be able to surprise a few people this year.”