Unique ‘Sparkle Car’ & first female racer

Fifteen-year-old Gus Burton will use his participation in this year’s Renault UK Clio Cup Junior championship to raise funds for the Sparkle Foundation charity’s work in aid of vulnerable children in Malawi.
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Gus, who will race for Team Pyro, has unveiled a bespoke livery on his car (pictured) which he has even nicknamed the ‘Sparkle Car’.


“Every penny we raise – and we hope to raise £15,000 in sponsorship – will be donated to the Sparkle Foundation,” said Gus, from Colchester.

“The money will go to a community support centre which helps hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children with nutrition, education and medical supplies.”


Those interested in advertising/donating towards Gus’s Sparkle Foundation efforts should visit www.gusburtonracing.com.


Meanwhile another 15-year-old, Jamie-Lea Hawley, has announced she will also race in Clio Cup Junior in 2018, for the new Finsport team.

Jamie-Lea, from Widnes, will become the first female driver to contest the category for 14 to 17-year-old drivers which gets under way with its opening two rounds at the British Formula 1 Grand Prix venue of Silverstone on Sat 24/Sun 25 March.


“Just one test with Finsport in the Clio Cup Junior car is all it took – I absolutely love it! The power and the grip are on another level,” enthused Jamie-Lea.


“I couldn’t be in a better championship. The cars are technically superior to anything else at junior saloon car level and bring you on so much more as a driver.”


In Clio Cup Junior, teams and drivers are armed with identical racing versions of the cars used in the senior Renault UK Clio Cup which features alongside the high profile British Touring Car Championship. The only differences – to meet junior racing regulations – are they are limited to five gears and 100mph and are fitted with high performance Michelin road tyres instead of racing ‘slicks’.


The Clio Cup Junior Champion will win a free registration into the UK Clio Cup – a prize valued at £18,000.