Edwards to become first female driver in BTCC since 2007
Power Maxed Racing have today (09 September) announced that Jade Edwards will contest rounds 16, 17 & 18 of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship in one of their race-winning Vauxhall Astras.
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. 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 looking to use this opportunity to launch her BTCC career.
The team, who announced earlier in the year that they would field a single car entry during the condensed season, are in ongoing discussions with a number of drivers to fill seats for the remainder of the rounds.
Adam Weaver, Team Principal – “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. Whilst she’s had a lot of bad luck on the track, she’s a great driver, and has a well-earned reputation 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.”
Jade Edwards, Racing Driver – “Racing in the BTCC is a childhood dream of mine 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 have 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.”
For more information on the British Touring Car Championship, visit BTCC.net.