Jade Edwards will follow in the wheel tracks of her former Champion father Jim when she makes her debut in the Renault UK Clio Cup this year with the Ciceley Motorsport squad.
Edwards has raced successfully in GT competition in recent seasons and also boosted her profile as a driver coach (to Johnny Vegas) on the ITV celebrity driving show Drive. A move to the UK Clio Cup, though, marks something of a ‘homecoming’ for the 26-year-old. Her father Jim won the championship in 2000 having previously lifted the French manufacturer’s 5 GT Turbo title a decade before. Her grandfather Jim Snr was also the Renault UK 5 TS Champion in 1979.
Jade commented: “Becoming the third generation of Edwards to race in the UK Clio Cup is a dream come true for my family, but it is also going to require a change of mindset from me after several seasons of endurance competition. Front-wheel drive is something almost alien to me, but I did start my career in short sprint races like you get in Clios and, having watched the championship ever since my father became Champion, I know the type of racing involved. It is very intense but I’m really looking forward to it.”
Ciceley Team Manager and BTCC star himself Adam Morgan added: “Jade is a fantastic name to bring into our UK Clio Cup line-up alongside Max Coates, Luke Reade and Sam Osborne. She immediately proved very rapid in her first test with us and we’ve been working to get her on board ever since. Furthermore Jade is terrific with sponsors and the fans and I believe she is going to surprise a lot of people with her pace and results.”
The 2017 Renault UK Clio Cup gets underway at the world-famous circuit of Brands Hatch, Kent on Sat 1/Sun 2 April along with the opening rounds of this year’s British Touring car Championship.