Chris Stockton and the Power Maxed Racing team had a strong weekend at Brands Hatch for the final rounds of the 2014 British Touring Car Championship.
After a red flag halted progress in free practice two, Chris and the team were focused, on new rubber ready to show the fans the pace improvements in the Chevrolet. On his flying lap and with only 3 turns left, yet another car in the gravel brought out the red flag and ended the lap for Chris. The team were frustrated as the time was 7 seconds faster than previous and could have placed him in the top ten.
Race one saw Chris battle up the grid from P28 in an action packed first lap. Chaos at the first corner saw cars fired off in every direction with Chris able to get his foot down and slip through unharmed and by the end of lap one he was in 13th place. The car was on pace and looked good until nudged by Luke Hines and turned around. Chris was able to rejoin and work his way back up and crossed the line P18
Race two, a good start and another flying lap saw the Cheshire based racer make up positions to P12 by turn five. Until again he was fired off this time by Dave Newsham and forced to work his way back up again and finished in P18. There were no bad feelings though after a very welcome apology from Newsham after the race, leaving Chris feeling determined for race three.
Race three, the final round of the 2014 season and typically the heavens opened. The car left the pits on the green lap and felt awful. Chris feared a problem with the steering rack, radioed the team and on quick inspection all looked well. Chris made a cracking start but the car refused to steer, forcing Chris to retire early and back to the pits. The earlier whacks sustained in race 2 had done significant damage to the steering and brought an early closure to the teams 2014 BTCC season.
Stockton commented “This year has been incredibly difficult with the early engine failures, but since the change to the Swindon engine, the car and team have made massive steps forward in reducing the gap in pace from 3 seconds to 0.75 seconds. We have to be pleased with the progress we have made, as a competitive bunch of course we wanted to win and now have our sights set high for next year. I would like to thank the Power Maxed Racing team for all their hard work and dedication and our fantastic sponsors who have supported us when times were tough, we look onwards and upwards to a great 2015”