A Bury businessman is behind an independent motorsport team who will compete in the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
John Hall, a managing director of a utility metering business, has teamed up with racing driver Stuart Lines and will compete under the banner of Maximum Motorsport in the high-profile racing series.
This follows the purchase of AmD Tuning’s Ford Focus ST and TOCA BTCC License (TBL) and the Midlands-based team will be the new boys in the paddock next season, startingon Sunday, April 3.
Co-owner Hall, who has connections with Bury Town Football Club, said: “Stewart and I would like to place on record, our sincere thanks to Shaun at AmD Tuning, for providing this opportunity.
“We are fully aware, ready and excited at being part of the fantastic series that is the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
“The work has already begun and we will post updates as we progress.”
Fellow co-owner Stuart Lines said: “It was the right time for Maximum Motorsport to be in charge of its own destiny.
“I run other businesses and this new enterprise is a great new opportunity to be active in something we love doing.”
Although they will be up against the big-money factory cars, Mr Hall believes the team can be competitive.
“I don’t think we will be challenging for the championship, but I think we will be in the points,” said Mr Hall.
“The aim is to finish in the top 15. We have a decent car, a good set-up and a good driver so I would certainly be disappointed if we couldn’t finish in the top 15. It will be difficult against the factory teams and it will be a big challenge.”
Piloting the Maximum Motorsport Focus for the 2016 campaign will be Lines, who competed in his first full BTCC season last year with Houseman Racing’s Toyota Avensis, securing third in the Jack Sears Trophy.
Mr Lines said: “We will try our hardest to be as competitive as we possibly can.
“This is the hardest race series in the UK. It’s a challenge, but a very exciting one.”
The Focus ST will remain in its current form for pre-season testing, allowing the newly-formed team to adapt to the car.
Maximum Motorsport are backed by MaximumGroup.net, a highly-successful telecommunications business who will be backing the team throughout the 2016 campaign.