Davis, originally from Much Marcle but now based in Abingdon, made a stunning car racing debut in the Clio Cup Series last August during a one-off appearance and will now embark on a planned full season under the banner RacingforHeroes Academy with FML – his third generation Clio to be run by top team Finesse Motorsport.
The 22-year-old, who made a name for himself in Superkart racing, boosts the line-up at Finesse to an impressive four cars. Davis joins Race Series podium finisher Pete Bennett (Norwich), category race winner Andy Jordan (Bridgnorth) and rookie racer Adam Hatfield (Cranworth).
On his championship bow, Davis – who away from the track is studying to be a solicitor – produced a star performance by finishing seventh and fifth overall in the two races he contested, winning the Sport Class in each encounter. Indeed, it was his sparkling debut which provided the springboard to ultimately become involved with #RacingforHeroes.
“I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be involved with such a great cause in RacingforHeroes”, said Davis, “This is an amazing opportunity to progress my racing career towards the BTCC package and to be doing so whilst supporting our Heroes is incredible. Peter Thorpe [founder of #RacingforHeroes] approached me after Snetterton last year and we’ve been in contact since then.
“I aim to use 2015 to develop as a racing driver in all aspects, with a view to moving into the Renault UK Clio Cup in 2016. I’ve not been in the car since Snetterton, but I hope to be not too far off at Rockingham for the first round. It’s great to be back with Finesse Motorsport and having four cars in the garage is a big plus.”
While Davis does intend to contest the complete Michelin Clio Cup Race Series championship this year, he is still working hard to finalise a full budget for the current campaign which begins on 11th/12th April.
“We’re going to do the first couple of rounds and see where we are”, he added, “We still haven’t secured funding for the whole season, but I know that my involvement with RacingforHeroes will be an excellent platform for companies to come on-board.”
Welcoming Davis to the #R4H Academy, Peter Thorpe said: “We are dedicated to developing young British talent and offering an unrivalled platform to progress up the motorsport ladder. Although the #R4H Academy drivers do not get direct financial support, our drivers have the ability to add a third dimension to their own sponsorship quest by partnering the UK’s highest profile military charity, Help for Heroes.
“This association to the charity and the ability to offer sponsors direct access to the TOCA #RacingforHeroes team offers an edge to attract financial investment to compete. Ben has the natural winning ability to be a future star and I hope, with our support, he can truly take the fight to the front of the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series grid and battle for P1 in 2015.”
Keep up to speed with Ben’s season by following him on Twitter @BenDavisRacing
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.