In the second of the BTCC Team Preview series, our BTCC writers give their thoughts on Power Maxed Racing’s chances in the upcoming season.
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The PMR Racing team were second-to-last on the 2020 teams standings scoring only 13 points.
After BTCC veteran Jason Plato sat out the season, the team became a door for new drivers to debut into the championship for Jade Edwards, Jess Hawkins and Brad Philpot.
Plato, chasing his 600th BTCC race entry and his 100th victory, is a duo with Dan Lloyd for the upcoming season.
PMR Racing have a highly anticipated line-up coming into 2021, with the return of two-time champion Jason Plato making his way back into the BTCC paddock.
The 62-year-old will partner Huddersfield-born driver Dan Lloyd, who returns to the BTCC for to race in his first full year in the series.
PMR are expected to have an exciting year ahead of them, with arguably one of the strongest line-ups the grid, and a competitive car in the Vauxhall Astra.
After taking a short sabbatical during 2020, PMR will hope to contest the full season in the BTCC without the worries of a Covid-19 hit campaign, which disrupted their challenge for glory last year.
I believe the Power Maxed Racing squad can really make a strong push at the front of the grid this year, especially with Plato making his BTCC return.
We should expect to see Lloyd fighting for strong results too, given his large amount of experience not just in the BTCC, but in other disciplines too.
Power Maxed Racing is one of the most hotly anticipated teams taking part in the 2021 British Touring Car Championship. With a legendary and iconic figure in the touring car world, Jason Plato, behind the wheel of their first car it’s hard to put them anywhere but near the front.
Plato will be chasing his record 100th win and Dan Lloyd will want to prove he still has what it takes after a two-year break.
The team’s hunger for success after not competitively racing in the 2020 campaign on top of their winter testing success’ put Power Maxed Racing in the driver’s seat coming out of testing and onto the first round at Thruxton.
Overall, Power Maxed Racing is a very strong and competent team that desperately want to fill the hole in the grid that they left at the start of the 2020 season and get right back to the front of the grid.
With experience rife through both cars, the potential for both drivers to cause upset amongst the front runners is nothing short of inevitable.
Following what was a difficult 2020 for the team, they can now pick up from where they left off at the end of 2019.
On that note, Jason Plato won the race in his most recent BTCC outing. But that doesn’t entail any rush to secure his 100th BTCC victory although it will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get it on his 600th race.
I look forward to seeing his energy in the paddock once again and hopefully he gets back up speed and gives the young runners a tough time whether it’s at the front or the midfield; I prefer not to see him at the back.
Dan Lloyd will be returning into the BTCC after a couple of years out thus finds himself lucky to have the most successful BTCC driver ever to partner him. Indeed he has the chance to learn but his experience in a touring car should not be overshadowed having raced in four touring car championships during his BTCC absence.
The team will need to pick up the momentum from Thruxton if they want to compete against rivals; some of whom have double the number of drivers in their team.