Relative motor racing newcomer George Jackson has today, Friday, 21st November, been confirmed as the first 2015 driver signing for Renault UK Clio Cup team JamSport – the 20-year-old moving into the championship after just a single year of competitive action.
With no prior karting experience, the Thurleigh driver debuted in the Fiesta ST Championship with Northampton-based JamSport this year and made a significant impact by concluding his rookie campaign 10th overall in the standings.
Harbouring a desire to ultimately compete in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, Jackson wanted to fast track his career as quickly as possible and will stay with Sam Cotton’s team for his maiden year in the Renault UK Clio Cup.
JamSport, of course, debuted in the Clio Cup midway through the 2014 season with championship debutant Paul Knapp (Farningham) and went on to expand to two cars before the end of the campaign with a second Clio for fellow Fiesta graduate Dan Holland (Dagenham).
“It’s fantastic to be racing in Clios next year”, said Jackson, who will be principally backed by CAJ Services (Resources) Ltd, “Paul [Knapp] obviously bought a Clio this year, ran with JamSport and that sort of gave me the inspiration really. He said Clio Cup is a different league to Fiestas, so that has inspired me to push further and make the move.
“We never had the finances to race in karts when I was younger, so I’ve only done the one season of racing in Fiesta. It’s great to be staying with JamSport, that continuity is important – if you can find a team you work well with and can build a relationship together, it’s the best thing I think.”
With Jackson’s signature secured for next season, JamSport principal Cotton is determined to add a second and, hopefully, third driver to the team’s 2015 Renault UK Clio Cup line-up with capacity to run four cars in total if possible.
“Everyone at the team is delighted George is staying with us for his move into Clios”, said Cotton, “In his first year in the Fiestas he did a fantastic job, especially with no prior experience at any level. We hope to announce our second driver next week and three cars are looking very likely – if we can run four next year I’ll be elated.”
Will Fewkes, championship manager of the Renault UK Clio Cup, is delighted to see the return of JamSport for its first full season in the BTCC support category and equally pleased to welcome rookie Clio competitor Jackson into the series.
“The championship is really beginning to build strong momentum ahead of next year, considering we’re not even at the end of November yet the signs are incredibly positive for a very strong and healthy grid”, said Fewkes, “JamSport was a fantastic addition to the grid this year, it’s always great to see new teams joining and even better when they return for another season.
“I’m very much looking forward to seeing how George gets on in his first season with us in the Clio Cup. It’s a big step-up from what he’s done up to now but he is clearly talented from what he has done in just one year of racing. It’s fantastic to see another new driver joining the championship.”
The Renault UK Clio Cup is supported by ELF, Performance Friction, WP Racing and official tyre supplier Dunlop.