European and British karting Champion Jack McCarthy is the latest exciting young racing talent to announce he will contest the Renault UK Clio Cup championship in 2017.
McCarthy, still only 16, will become one of the youngest drivers in history to race in the UK Clio Cup when he competes in its opening rounds at his home circuit of Brands Hatch in Kent on the weekend of Sat 1/Sun 2 April. His decision to race in the UK Clio Cup further underlines how increasingly more young racers are viewing the championship as an important part of their future career ambitions in motor sport.
He will arrive in the UK Clio Cup fresh from winning 2016’s British Senior Max Super One and Open crowns. They added to the European and British Junior Max class titles he captured in 2015 when his achievements resulted in him being invited by Ferrari to become a part of its exclusive Driving Academy for young talent.
Notably, McCarthy has attracted considerable support for his switch to car racing in the UK Clio Cup from the Shandon Hotel & Spa in Donegal. “I tested the UK Clio Cup race car late last year and loved it,” commented McCarthy. “So now I want to buck the trend of coming out of karting and taking the single-seater route – I fancy the tin top alternative. By entering the UK Clio Cup I can learn all the top British circuits, perform in front of the huge British Touring Car Championship crowds, be seen on TV and gain experience about working with a world-famous car manufacturer. That will stand me in great stead for the future.”
Indeed all 18 of the UK Clio Cup’s races take place at the BTCC’s high-profile events – putting it in front of huge trackside crowds (average 38,000+ in 2016) and live into households across the country with live free-to-air coverage of the action on the ITV4 channel.