Rob Collard will drive for Power Maxed Racing in the 2019 British Car Touring Championship, returning to a front wheel drive Vauxhall Astra.
The 50-year-old from Hampshire has joined the team having spent the last nine years at West Surrey Racing.
Collard was confined to the sidelines at the back end of the 2018 season due to injury but he is eager to get back on the grid.
In the PMR press release Collard said: “I’m delighted to form a new partnership with PMR to return to BTCC in 2019. I’ve watched their growth and development from day one and seen Adam (Weaver, Team Principal) and the team build a race-winning package that has gone from strength to strength.”
“I’m very pleased to help build on that success, alongside an experienced team-mate in Jason. Returning to front wheel drive is a challenge I relish, particularly having won the Independents’ title in a Vauxhall Astra in the past.”
Collard is a 15 time BTCC winner and he will be joined at the team by two-time champion Jason Plato meaning this will be on of the most experience driver line-ups this year and Team Principal, Adam Weaver is pleased to have got their signatures.
“After our breakthrough year in 2018, we have been looking for a driver line up that not only matches our ambitions, but that also has the speed and experience to help us realise those ambitions,” said Weaver.
“It is quite surreal for me as the two drivers we have signed are ones that I grew up watching and are a big part of the reason I fell so in love with BTCC in the first place. Celebrating our eventual successes together is going to make all the hard work so worthwhile.”
PMR finished tied second in the Teams Standings in 2018 and the team will be looking to challenge for the title in the upcoming season.
The first round gets underway at Brands Hatch on the 6th April.
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