Maximum Motorsport gets set to start exciting Goodyear Touring Car Trophy season with new cars, new drivers and new ambitionsadmin
The multi-championship winning Maximum Motorsport team is set to get its 2021 season off to a flying start this weekend, when it fields a pair of Hyundai i30N TCRs for the first two rounds of this year’s re-vamped Goodyear Touring Car Trophy at Silverstone tomorrow (Sunday 25th April).
Switching its emphasis from other manufacturers of global-platform touring cars to those built by the Korean manufacturer’s official race and rally operation in Germany, Maximum Motorsport acquired the two former Hyundai USA-backed cars at the end of last year. For the UK campaign, both are supported by Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing and will carry the now familiar works-style Performance Blue and red-accent livery.
Driving car #101 will be Max Hart, the 19-year-old from Balinglass in County Wicklow showing his potential last year when he won the final Touring Car Trophy round of the season at Silverstone driving a Maximum Motorsport Cupra TCR:
“I really enjoyed my experience last season, so I’m excited to sign up with Maximum Motorsport for 2021 – especially as I’ll be driving a Hyundai i30N, a car that has proved extremely competitive all over the world.
“I’m intending to put my experience from 2020 to good use. I feel more confident this time around, so my aim is to challenge for this year’s title – and with all the changes taking place within the championship, it looks like I’m joining the Touring Car Trophy at an exciting time. Bring it on!”
Lining up alongside the Irish teenager in the sister car #77 will be Will Powell, Managing Director of Motus One, a business that operates its own race team and provides professional services to the automotive and motorsport industries.
“We’ve made no secret of our ambition to add touring cars to the Motus One’s activities and the Goodyear Touring Car Trophy has made that viable for us in 2021.
“Our strong relationship with Goodyear – along with the plans to promote and grow the TCR package in the UK – makes this a great fit for us. As always, we aim to win on the track but at the same time, respect the calibre of those we’re up against. It’ll be a year of learning and fighting for everything we can. I can’t wait to get started!”
Commenting on the season ahead, Maximum Motorsport Team Principal Stewart Lines said: “These first two rounds at Silverstone are a significant moment for us. With two new cars, two new drivers and the prospect of the revitalised Goodyear Touring Car Trophy ahead of us, we’re focussed on making this the most successful year ever for the team. Everything’s in place, so we’ll be pushing hard to make it happen from the time the lights go out at Silverstone, until the chequered flag is waved at Donington at the end of the season.”
The team’s 2021 campaign gets underway with 15-minutes of qualifying starting at 09.45, followed by the two 25-minute races at 13.35 and 15.30 GMT.