As a strong supporter of the Road Series category since its inception two years ago, Sean Cassidy’s team is thrilled to be going into the new 13 race campaign with its strongest line-up yet as Pinder and Honour get set to do battle at the wheel of their race-converted Clio Renaultsport 197 cars.
Former rally driver Pinder, who competed as a privateer last year during his maiden season in the Road Series, more than proved his pace with two victories and three other podiums from six races. Exasperatingly, a series of mechanical dramas and on-track incidents stymied his championship bid so he will be determined to string together a full title challenge this year.
In addition to the Jade Developments two car line-up in the Michelin Clio Cup Road Series, the team will also field a car in the Junior Saloon Car Championship – which runs as part of the same package – for talented young teenager Jack Fabby (Mellor, Cheshire).
The 15-year-old, who made his car racing debut in the JSCC last year, plans to graduate into Clio Cup racing in the Road Series later in the season following his 16th birthday to boost Jade Developments presence in the Michelin-backed championship to an impressive three cars.
“We’re delighted to have signed Luke to partner Jake for the Road Series and with Jack [Fabby] set to move up into the championship later in the year, it’s definitely among the strongest of line-ups”, said team boss Cassidy, “It’s good for us to continue growing among such strong competition in the Clio Cup Series, to be competitive and achieve good results. I’m really looking forward to a great season.
“If we can start this season like last year and carry that momentum forward, there is no reason why we can’t be on the top step of the podium all season and win the championship – especially with Jake and Luke being such a strong pairing. They should push each other along and work well together, while also mentoring Jack in the JSCC before his step-up into Clios later in the year.”
Set to produce its biggest and most competitive grid yet in 2015, the Michelin Clio Cup Road Series will get underway at Rockingham in Northamptonshire on 11th/12th April with the championship’s first ever triple-header race meeting. Running alongside the sister Michelin Clio Cup Race Series, the categories will then revert to a double-header format during the subsequent five events.
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.