British rallycross driver Jake Taylor will join the Power Maxed Racing team for an assault on the Swift Sport category in the MSA British Rallycross Championship in association with Odyssey Battery this season.
Retford based driver Taylor, 18, graduated to the Swift Sport category last season from the MSA Junior Rallycross Championship and developed throughout the year, culminating in a podium finish at the final round of the championship at Croft Circuit.
The Power Maxed Racing team operate in the MSA British Touring Car Championship among others, and for 2016 will run a two-car team in the MSA British Rallycross Championship, where Taylor will compete alongside a Power Maxed Racing entry in the Supercar category. “I’m very much looking forward to this season, and I’m very grateful for this new opportunity with the Power Maxed Racing team; I’m excited to be working with them. The team is very experienced, that’s crucial for me to build on the strong foundations from last year and continue to develop my race craft and other areas,” said Taylor, who is part of the highly acclaimed MSA Academy.
Taylor - who’s goal is to compete in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, the highest level in the sport - is targeting continued development of his rallycross career in 2016, and hopes to be in a position to fight for victories in his second season of Swift Sport competition. “I’m going to carry on learning and developing further, while getting to know the team and the car. I’m aiming for more podiums this year, and hopefully a win. If we could get a win that would be fantastic! With this team, and with a bit more experience, I don’t see why that’s not possible! I learnt a lot last year thanks to Graham Rodemark and the team at Autopoint Specialist Engineering, and I’m confident that we can continue improving this year.”
The MSA British Rallycross Championship gets underway at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire next month (March 6), the scene of Taylor’s maiden podium finish last year. “Croft is a circuit that very much suits me. I’ve had some great previous experiences there, with solid results and it’s one of my favorite circuits. It’s great to kick-start the season at Croft, there is a real buzz about the place and I’m really excited for the first round.”
Power Maxed Racing team owner Adam Weaver has watched Taylor’s progress in British Rallycross closely, and is looking forward to helping the young driver take a step forward in his career.
“I’m delighted that we have been able to select Jake for the Power Maxed Racing seat in the Swift Sport championship," said Weaver. "He’s a great all-rounder both on and off track. Not only does Jake show promise behind the wheel in British Rallycross, but he also knows how to look after his sponsors by activating their brands, and providing a major return on investment. That is crucial to being a racing driver.”