The agreement means those running with Jam-Sport in the UK Clio Cup will be actively involved with Team HARD’s BTCC operation at race events.
This is part of a wider-reaching programme between JamSport and Team HARD to jointly provide emerging driver talent with a ladder of opportunity in a number of racing categories. The Clio Cup and ultimately the BTCC sit very much at the top of that ladder.
JamSport Team Principal Jamie Going commented: “We are all very excited by the new opportunities this opens for drivers coming through the JamSport-Team HARD programme. The benefits are many including the technical and engineering side and for a young driver and his or her sponsors to be able to access a BTCC team in a competitive environment also brings very obvious added value.
“The deal actually extends beyond the UK Clio Cup for us and adds greatly to our expansion plans which have already included moving into new workshops in Northampton. 2016 is going to mark a big growth for JamSport and we can’t wait to get started.”
Team HARD chief Tony Gilham added: “Combined, not only can Team HARD and JamSport now share resources but we will be building and working with a very exciting pool of young talent. The UK Clio Cup is already a highly desirable place to be for any team or young driver with serious ambitions and we see our participation in it with JamSport as an integral part of our future plans.”
The JamSport-Team HARD announcement adds further to the levels of professionalism in the UK Clio Cup paddock which already enjoys strong connections with the BTCC in terms of driver mentoring, technical and commercial arrangements.
Indeed the UK Clio Cup shares the same tyre manufacturer as the BTCC – Dunlop; last week leading BTCC team Ciceley Motorsport announced plans to enter its own cars in the UK Clio Cup in 2016; 2015 Champion Ashley Sutton is a protégé of BTCC team BMR Restart and runner-up Ash Hand is mentored by BTCC superstar Andy Priaulx; 2014 runner-up Josh Cook has been a revelation in his debut BTCC season in 2015 and now runs his own team in the UK Clio Cup; Maximum Motorsport which ran Ant Whorton-Eales to third in 2015’s UK Clio Cup has been granted a licence to enter the BTCC in 2016.