Josh Cook will return to his former Power Maxed Racing squad for the 2018 British Touring Car Championship season.

Cook made his BTCC debut with PMR in 2015 and subsequently won the Jack Sears Trophy with the then Chevrolet outfit.

The 26-year old spent the following two seasons with the Triple Eight MG outfit along with serving a brief stint with Maximum Motorsport in 2017 after initially losing his factory MG drive.

Cook rejoins his former team as a factory Vauxhall driver after PMR's link up with the legendary BTCC manufacturer last season.

The Vauxhall Astra took two podium finishes - courtesy of Tom Chilton and a one-off appearance from Rob Huff - in its debut year last season, while also guiding Senna Proctor to the Jack Sears Trophy.

Since leaving the team at the end of 2015, Cook says it's clear to see how PMR has flourished into a factory outfit.

"I’m so happy to be returning home to PMR," said Cook.

"I always wanted to stay there after winning the Jack Sears Trophy with them in both of our first years in the championship, but things just didn’t quite line up for all parties to do that.

"They were fantastic in my first season and having watched them closely and visited the premises recently there’s no doubt they’ve managed to improve massively; investment has gone in to all areas and the Astra looks so well built. I’m so excited."

Expressing his delight in securing the services of Cook once again, Power Maxed Racing boss Adam Weaver believes his Vauxhall outfit are set for a 'very strong season'.

"We knew that we had designed and built a great car. Rob’s feedback confirmed what we thought and helped prove that to everyone else", said Weaver.

"Alongside Tom, Senna did a fantastic job in his rookie season and won the Jack Sears Trophy with us and through no fault of his own, didn’t get the results his pace deserved.

"I am delighted to welcome Josh back to PMR. We are a very different organisation to those early days and Josh has also developed as a driver. I am looking toward a very strong season."