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British Touring Car Championship

Ash Hand joins Power Maxed Racing

Former British GT4 Champion Ash Hand will join Power Maxed Racing for his debut season in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.Having started his racing career in karting at just seven years of age, Hand joined theRenault Clio Cup – a mainstay of the BTCC support paddock for many years – inwhich he narrowly missed out on the championship title behind now three-timeBTCC titleholder Ash Sutton.Due to his runner-up finish in the series, Hand went on to secure his first taste of theBTCC later that year, as he took part in the BTCC’s Prize Test in a MotorbasePerformance’s Ford Focus.In 2019, the Warwickshire racer went on to become British GT4 Champion after anintense battle for the accolade in his debut campaign.The upcoming BTCC campaign will see Hand pilot the #97 Vauxhall Astra alongsideJack Sears Trophy winner Michael Crees.“This is a dream come true for me,” said Hand. “The dream after this one is a racewin in the BTCC and after that is to be crowned BTCC Champion. The deal we haveput together, I believe, gives me the best possible chance of achieving this. A multi-year deal securing my future in BTCC is the holy grail of deals as a race driver.“Adam [Weaver] and I have been working on this for years and to be honest this issomething all racers generally only dream of. I’d like to take the opportunity to thankAdam for the faith that he has already put in me and the work he has put in over thelast few years to help get this over the line and put me out in one of his cars. Ipromise I am going to reward that with the results that he and all the team deserve.”“[Ash] is a great guy,” added Team Principal Adam Weaver. “I absolutely lovedwatching the battles between Ash Sutton and Ash Hand [in the Renault Clio Cup] –many of which I watched again when I got home.

"Everyone knows the talent Sutton has and I just can’t wait to see [Hand] goand challenge him again and very hopefully come out on top this time.

“I know Ash and Creesy will get on brilliantly and I’m really looking forward to beinga part of this team. It’s everything we have been working towards and I have neverbeen this excited about the BTCC year ahead!”

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British Touring Car Championship