Emmerdale star Fletcher to tackle BTCC

Kelvin Fletcher will be swapping tractors for race cars as he signs for Power Maxed Racing for the 2016 Dunlop BTCC championship. Fletcher, better known as Emmerdale’s Andy Sugden, has been racing competitively since 2012.

Fletcher’s racing career has so far included competing in the Porshe Carerra Cup and GT3 Cup Challenge, the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, and the V de V challenge. He’s even raced in a guest round at the Porshe SuperCup. To date, Fletcher has 5 wins, 3 fastest laps, and 29 podiums.

Now, he’ll race alongside Hunter Abbott in the Chevrolet Cruze. Part of Fletcher’s deal will see Power Maxed Racing working alongside the University of Bolton, who Fletcher has close ties with. Power Maxed Racing will help the university to develop its motorsports qualifications and offer students the chance to gain practical industry experience and help get them ready for a career in motorsports.

“We are delighted to welcome Kelvin to PMR and give him his chance to step up into the BTCC,” said Adam Weaver, Power Maxed Racing Team Principal. “He has a strong sports car track record and he is more than ready to make the transition to the UK’s finest domestic racing series. We think Kelvin is an excellent choice to race alongside Hunter, we feel they will work together and will both be turning a few heads this year.”

“I’m really looking forward to making the step up to the BTCC,” said Fletcher. “Signing with such a solid team as Power Maxed Racing will no doubt make the transition to the BTCC a smooth one.

“I’m a massive motorsport fan and have been watching the BTCC for as long as I can remember, it has been a lifelong dream to race against my childhood heroes and it is about to become a reality thanks to Power Maxed Racing and the University of Bolton.”

Feature Image Credit: Caroline Rhea

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