Power Maxed Car Care Racing has confirmed that Jac Constable will act as its development driver for the 2021 British Touring Car Championship, whilst also taking part in the TCR UK series this year.
Constable was set to race the team’s Vauxhall Astra in the BTCC at Croft last year, before a last-minute bout of appendicitis forced him to miss all three races.
Whilst the team is still in talks with ‘several experienced drivers’ about its second BTCC seat alongside Jason Plato, Constable has been confirmed in a supporting role as development driver for the coming year.
In addition to developing the BTCC car, Constable will also take part in TCR UK in 2021, racing a CUPRA TCR.
The 23-year-old has previously raced in the Ginetta GT4 series in 2017 and the Dubai 24 Hours in 2018 when he claimed a class fin. The team has stated its intention to give Constable a BTCC drive in 2022.
“When I had the call from Martin [Broadhurst] offering me the Development Drive I was over the moon,” said Constable.
“I’m so excited to be helping Power Maxed Car Care Racing in their push to challenge for BTCC titles, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.
“This will be my first year racing front-wheel-drive, and I’m relishing the challenge. What better way is there to attack my first season away from rear-wheel-drive than with PMR’s guidance and experience?
“The team helped me get my first taste of the BTCC last year at Croft, and with this new Development Driver role, I’m one step closer to progressing my dream of joining the BTCC grid.”
Adam Weaver, Team Principal, said that the longer-than-usual wait until the start of the season had helped the team to take its time evaluating its options for 2021.
“The decision to postpone the start of the season has given us more time to make sure we do the right deal for our second driver this year,” explained Weaver.
“With JP’s win at the end of 2019, and the extensive development process the cars have undergone during the winter break, we’re quietly confident of some great results this season, and are looking to ensure that whoever takes the seat is capable of racing at the front straight out of the box.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Jac as part of the Development Programme-he slotted into the team perfectly last year, showed a lot of potential at his test and will be a valuable asset over the years to come.”
Martin Broadhurst, Team Manager, was impressed with Constable’s efforts on his short-lived outing in 2020, where he qualified the team’s Astra in 21st before missing race day.
“We’re really looking forward to working with Jac again, after his chance in the car was unfortunately cut short last year through no fault of his own,” added Broadhurst.
“He really impressed us with not only his skill on track, but his attitude and professionalism away from it, and we’ve been discussing how we can continue working together since Croft.
“The programme we’ve put together is a great way of giving him the experience necessary to join the fiercely competitive BTCC grid, transferring his skills in rear-wheel-drive cars to front-wheel drive-touring cars.”