Smith, who is now a major shareholder in the team apparently had several options but has opted to join forces with Depper who had his best season in the BTCC with the team last year. Both drivers will be in the team’s Honda Civic’s which are going into their third season.
Team Hard had already announced they were entering a former United Autosports Toyota Avensis`for Kieran Gallagher but had to await approval from TOCA that they could enter with the TBL obtained from United Autosport. Toca has now given their approval meaning we will definitely see the return to the grid of Tony Gillham’s team. The previous iteration of the BTCC team, merged with Warren Scott’s team BMR. Tony Gillham has said that this time, the team will remain smaller and family run. Gallagher had intitially been due to run with the team in Clio cup but now steps up to the BTCC having had a one off drive with Team Hard in 2013. Last season he competed for Team Hard in the VW Racing cup.
After announcing that Dave Newsham is driving for them in 2015, Power Maxed Racing have now announced a new team manager. Martin Broadhurst joins the team from Triple Eight where he was crew chief. Before working for Triple Eight, Broadhurst worked for both the Subaru and Mitsubishi WRC teams so he has plenty of experience of working under pressure. Power maxed boss, Adam Weaver, spoke about why Broadhurst was chosen;
“Not only does Martin have a huge wealth of experience, but he’s a true leader and a thoroughly nice bloke, all of which are vital to what we want to achieve at Power Maxed Racing.”
He also hinted at more news to come;
“We have started the year with such momentum, with new ownership, a new driver and now a new team manager, you’ll have to wait and see what’s next. It is important I thank Chris Stockton for his help in securing Martin, Chris is, as ever a massive support to the team.”
Broadhurst is exicted about the challenge ahead;
“Working with Adam and the team at Power Maxed Racing is the perfect next step in my career. I was looking for a new challenge, I see great potential in Power Maxed Racing and am confident we can work hard together to achieve great things this season and beyond.”
We are still waiting on news for several teams and drivers but championship boss Alan Gow has already said we’ll have a full grid this season so we will see 32 cars competiting for the first time. By Marc Waller