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By karlbowdrey, Apr 2 2016 04:11PM

The opening weekend of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship got underway at Brands Hatch this weekend where Maximum Motorsport, the new boys in the BTCC paddock were fielding their stunning green Ford Focus ST for the first time.


Stewart Lines, team owner and driver was piloting the Ford Focus ST around the short Indy circuit. Lines completed a total of 38 laps during the free practice sessions where the team focused on tyre preparations and mechanical checks.


Qualifying got underway at 15:40 which started in the Kent sunshine before turning to light rain mid-session. Lines, who is still getting use to the new car and new challenge for 2016 was continually improving on each lap with times falling from 58’s to to 49’s in only a matter of laps.


Lines put in his best lap time of 49:992 on lap 14, relatively early on in the session just before the drizzle struck. Lines said “The car feels great. There is still a little more to do to get it 100%, but the change in the weather made things a little tricky. There was a sudden drop in temperature” Lines will begin the opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship from towards the rear of the grid in 30th position. “I’m not overly happy with starting 30th, but someone has too. Things didn’t go how I wanted them too, I couldn’t get a clean lap and when I did I made a silly mistake but now I have a challenge on my hands.”


Race 1 gets underway at 11:32am on Sunday 03/04/2016.

By karlbowdrey, Dec 28 2015 09:26AM

Taking to the track for the final time in 2015 at the Christmas themed event, Plum Pudding held at Mallory Park on boxing day every year, Stewart Lines is planning a full pre-season campaign in the lead up to the launch of the MSA Dunlop British Touring Car Championship with outings in the Maximum Motorsport Volkswagen Scirocco’s prior to the newly purchased Ford Focus due for delivery early January.


The overcast midlands based track played host to yet another hugely popular Plum Pudding, where, Lines piloting the pink and blue Maximum Motorsport Volkswagen Scirocco was is good spirit following some family festive time on Christmas Day.


Race 1 grid positions were determind on how early you entered the event. Lines, having only entered late in December meant he would be starting on the back row of the grid in 12th position. Lines said “I knew this was going to be a challenge having entered so late, there were some really good names on the grid and I knew that it was going to be easy”


With Lines lining up on the back row of the grid he had a fantastic start but the race wasn’t made easy. “The track was still wet in the morning, I had full slicks on so I just lost traction if I came of the racing line at anytime” Said Lines. Lines was battling the entire race with his fellow competitors but he knew he was under pressure as the large Mallory crowd looked on in anticipation following the recent MSA Dunlop British Car Championship announcement. Lines however did manage to deliver, coming from the back row to the front row securing a 2nd position in doing so. “I was battling with Andy Thompson the entire race, it was hard to pass but we had a great race and I think it made great viewing for the fans”


Race 2, starting in 8th position due to a reverse grid, Lines who had just been presented with a Christmas Pudding as his trophy was feeling even more optimistic. Lines delivered and took his first win of 2015 following a difficult first season in the British Touring Car Championship. “The track had dried up slightly, I managed to slot my way through the grid before taking the lead and pulling a slight gap” Said Lines. Lines crossed the finish line in 1st place putting a high on his 2015 campaign and starting of pre-season events in a spectacular fashion.


This was the first weekend the new team recently put together in preparation for the 2016 MSA Dunlop British Touring Car Championship “I was really pleased with how the team pulled together on their first weekend” Lines concluded by saying “I would defiantly recommend this event to spectators and thank you once again to all the marshals who volunteered during the Christmas period, these guys love racing just as much as me!”

By karlbowdrey, Nov 12 2015 06:10PM

Maximum Motorsport are extremely proud to, officially announce their intentions to compete in the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, this follows the successful purchase of AmD Tuning’s Ford Focus ST and TOCA BTCC License (TBL) with plans to launch a maximum scale attack on the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.


The Midlands based team will be the new boys in the British Touring Car paddock next season after making the successful move to become the proud owners of the previously owned AmD Focus and TBL. “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.” Said Lines.


John Hall co-owner of the team said, “Stewart & 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”


Piloting the Maximum Motorsport Focus for the 2016 campaign will be the MD of Maximum Motorsport, Stewart Lines who competed in his first full BTCC season last year with Houseman Racing’s Toyota Avensis, securing 3rd in the Jack Sears Trophy. Lines said “last year I quickly realised I was never going to be competitive in the equipment I had, however, I used this a learning curve to gain experience for 2016 but better results are our aim straight away.”


“We will try out hardest to be the most competitive we possibly can be for 2016. 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. Lines said “We would like to upgrade to the new RML parts, but initially we will keep the car as it is for pre-season and make that decision further down the line” “We need to get our feet under the table first with the new machinery. I can not rule out upgrading to the new Mountune EcoBoost engine but time will tell.”


Maximum Motorsport can already confirm a title sponsorship deal from MaximumGroup.net, a highly successful telecommunications business who will be backing the team throughout the 2016 campaign.