Aylesbury-based Matt Fincham, who runs Go Racing Motorsport with former British Touring Car Championship engineer John Shields, will step-up from racing a Clio 182 to pilot a newly built Clio Renaultsport 197 in the Road Series – and the team plans to field a second car later in the year.
With key backing from ALS (Autosport Logistics Solutions) Performance Parts, the squad ultimately hopes to build and prepare cars to offer multiple ‘arrive and drive’ options for competitors seeking to make the move up into the Michelin Clio Cup Road Series or those looking to make racing debuts.
As well as building Clio Renaultsport 197s for competition in the Road Series, the Buckinghamshire squad will also utilise the cars during its successful trackday experiences to offer prospective racers the chance to sample the car on a fully-fledged race circuit, but in a non-competitive environment.
“It’s fantastic to be branching out into the Michelin Clio Cup Road Series, it’s a great way for us to promote Go Racing Motorsport as well as promoting the Road Series to drivers we’re working with on trackdays and in the 182s”, said 36-year-old Fincham, “I’ll be racing the full season, hopefully we will run two in the championship later in the year and the intention long-term is to run three cars.
“We have good experience – I’ve got my own garage, a Renault specialist, which I’ve run for the last 10 years and we’ve got John Shields, who ran the JSM Alfa Romeo programme in the BTCC, as part of the team. We’ve also got fantastic support from Barrie Thomson at ALS Performance Parts, he’s helped to make everything possible.”
Fincham has spent the last couple of years racing in the Clio 182 Series, winning the championship in 2013 and just missing out on retaining his title last year. Prior to that, he competed in Stock Hatch after initially starting out in karting.
Commenting on the arrival of Go Racing Motorsport in the Michelin Clio Cup Road Series, category promoter Simon North said: “We really are elated Matt [Fincham] and his team have decided to join us in the Road Series, they obviously have very good experience of the older Clio 182 and are keen to expand the team to as many as three 197s.
“Go Racing Motorsport is a very welcome addition to the championship, more and more people are showing an interest in the Road Series as an extremely cost-effective form of racing. We’ll certainly have our biggest grid yet for the opening round at Rockingham next month which really is fantastic.”
Northamptonshire’s Rockingham International Super Sportscar Circuit will host the first three races of the Michelin Clio Cup Road Series, and sister Race Series championship, on 11th/12th April.
Along with headline sponsors Michelin and Protyre, the Clio Cup Series is additionally supported by Ferodo and Safety Devices with further support for the Road Series from Monster Sport Europe.