Confirming that all partner contracts will be carried over to the next season, team boss Weaver elaborated: “Obviously taking this decision was not easy, but ourselves and our commercial partners felt that overall, it’s the right thing for us to do in order to preserve our resources for next year.
“But I want to clarify that this is in no way us ‘giving up’. We are simply hitting the pause button on these agreements, with all our branding partners and team wear simply being carried over for the ‘21 season, along with all corporate hospitality obligations. It means that we’ve got even more time to develop the Astras and will come out of the blocks fighting next March!”
While withdrawing their main effort, the team still plans to enter a car or two as an independent entry at rounds throughout the year, fielding both developing young motorsport talent and well-known touring car stars who can’t commit to a full season due to other commitments.
Of the announcement, BTCC Chief Executive Alan Gow commented: “Power Maxed Racing have come a long way from their first foray in 2015, and they’ll be missed on the grid this year. We will see their car throughout this season with some guest drivers that I’m sure will delight our fans, and from the commitments Adam [Weaver] has made, I’ve no doubt they’ll be back in the thick of it come ’21. These are trying times for everyone, but we will all weather the storm by supporting each other as best we can.”
The news comes just a week after Andrew Jordan, the 2019 BTCC runner-up and 2013 champion, announced he will not race in 2020 following the withdrawal of some sponsors as a result of the COVD-19 pandemic.