Jade Edwards to Race PMR Astra at Silverstone

Jade Edwards has been announced as the next driver for Power Maxed Racing this season. The 29-year-old from Ascot will get behind the wheel of the Vauxhall Astra at Thruxton later this month.Edwards is no stranger to the TOCA package, having raced in the highly competitive Renault UK Clio Cup since 2017, finishing 7th overall last year. She previously raced Ginettas, making her debut in the Ginetta Junior Championship back in 2006.

A race winner in the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge, she’s looking to follow in the footsteps of father Jim Edwards Jr, himself a BTCC race winner, and use this opportunity to launch her BTCC career.

The team, which announced earlier in the year that it would field a single car entry during the condensed season, is in ongoing discussions with a number of drivers to fill seats for the remainder of the rounds.

“Having known Jade for quite a few years now, I’ve always been impressed with the way she throws herself into everything she does with such gusto," said PMR Team Principal Adam Weaver.

"Whilst she’s had a lot of bad luck on the track, she’s a great driver, and has a well-earnedreputation as a fan favourite. She’s spoken publicly about her longing to get onto the BTCC grid in a competitive car, and with the unique opportunities this year has given us, it was a no brainer for all of us to get her in the car for a round.

"I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do.”

“Racing in the BTCC is a childhood dream of mine," said Jade, "and is something that I’ve made no secret of working towards. I’ve been in the paddock since I was 10 years old, either supporting my dad or competing myself-to now be racing in the main event is something I’ll never forget!

"PMR has a brilliant track record, and Adam has always shown support in my career, even sponsoring my Clio campaign in 2018, so it’s amazing to have the opportunity to work with them.

"The Astra has already proven its speed this season, so I’m itching to get out in it and see what I can do.”