20/03/2015

Paint Perfect enlists Road Series champion Spires as driver coach

Reigning Michelin Clio Cup Road Series champion Anton Spires (Milton Keynes) is to provide key insight and coaching for the Paint Perfect Motorsport team during the 2015 season as the Lincoln squad seeks to make sustained progress and, ultimately, expand to being a multi-car entrant.
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Returning this year for its second season in the Road Series with driver John Creasey (Lincoln), the team has been hard at work over the winter months entirely rebuilding its Clio Renaultsport 197 with assistance from engineering partner MWT Automotive.

Due to damage sustained to the front chassis legs last season, the car required a full overhaul for the 2015 campaign. After re-shelling the Clio as well, Paint Perfect Motorsport headed to Blyton Park recently for an initial shakedown before moving on to Rockingham last week – the venue for the first round on 11th/12th April – where Spires piloted the Clio and provided essential feedback.

“We’re very pleased to announce Anton will be working with the team throughout the new Michelin Clio Cup Road Series season”, said Paint Perfect’s John Creasey, “We are delighted to have him on board and feel his proven talent and knowledge will be extremely valuable to the team as we look to make good progress this season.” 

Spires, who is still striving to secure the budget to graduate into the sister Michelin Clio Cup Race Series this year as the opening event of 2015 edges ever closer, is relishing the chance to work as an integral part of Paint Perfect Motorsport as the team prepares to expand.

“I’m looking forward to working with John and everyone at the team this year, the aim is to transfer my knowledge of the car to him and hopefully see John become a consistent front-runner by the end of the season”, said Spires, “I’ll be trying to show him what the car can do and get some good data to work from as well. It’ll be good for me to still be involved with the championship.

“As far as my racing goes, I’m working very hard to get a Race Series drive but if we have to turn our attention to 2016 then that’s what we’ll have to do. I tested with Westbourne [Motorsport] at the end of last year at Brands and it went very well. We’ll keep working hard and maybe there will be some opportunities later in the season.”

As well as enlisting Spires’ assistance to help Road Series podium finisher Creasey maximise his potential in the category, Paint Perfect Motorsport is also delighted to link-up with EDF Motorsports in a bid to help develop the Clio as the year progresses. The motorsport specialist, headed by Eddie and Dave Farrow, is also set to aid the planned expansion to a second car. 

Mark Waby, managing director of Paint Perfect’s engineering partners MWT Automotive, commented: “We are looking forward to working with Dave and Eddie from EDF Motorsport this season, their wealth of knowledge will give a competitive boost to the team.”

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.