Crees returns to the BTCC with PMR

Michael Crees has been confirmed at Power Maxed Racing for the 2022 BTCC season, marking a return since he won the 2020 Jack Sears Trophy.

The 38-year-old will make his comeback to the British Touring Car Championship after his single-season hiatus.

He was due to compete last year with BTC Racing but departed after the season launch and before the opener at Thruxton.

In the meantime, the 2020 Jack Sears Trophy winner competed in three rounds of the Porsche Supercup for Team Parker Racing after Josh Webster stepped back for personal reasons.

Crees said: “We obviously intended to continue last year and it didn’t quite go to plan, but now I’m hungrier than ever.

“I’m aiming for a strong season in the Vauxhall and have been speaking to the team over the last few years, but never quite managed to get the deal across the line – now we have finally done that.

“I simply couldn’t do this without the support of my wife Jodie and our two amazing children, as they have put up with a lot of phone calls and ups and downs but I’m glad we can focus on the job in hand now and all enjoy it.

“The Astra is a new car for me to adjust to, and there are obviously differences this year with the introduction of hybrid power, but I’m confident we can put together a successful season with the guys at Power Maxed Racing and we’re all looking forward to the challenge.”

He secured the Jack Sears Trophy in his third year of racing cars, his second in the BTCC.

Out of the 27 races that year, he secured 13 points finishes with a personal best finish of 9th in the Honda Civic Type R.

PMR Team Principal Adam Weaver described him as “a great character on the BTCC stage and universally liked by all” with the focus set on fighting towards the front in the hybrid era.

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