Maximum Motorsport will take over the running of Renault UK Clio Cup championship leader Ant Whorton-Eales’s car for the rest of the 2015 season, beginning with Knockhill’s rounds this coming weekend (Sat 22/Sun 23 August).
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Whorton-Eales had completed the first half of the season with SV Racing and has led the standing all the way since winning the opening race of the year at Brands Hatch.

But after the mid-season break he has confirmed it is all change with a switch to Maximum for which Knockhill will mark the team’s Clio Cup debut. Maximum, run by British Touring Car Championship competitor Stewart Lines, is a proven front-runner in both the hotly-contested VW Cup and VAG Trophy categories.

Whorton-Eales commented: “Stewart is a long-time friend and his race trucks are actually housed at my family’s business. He has ambitions for bigger things for his team – including the Clio Cup – in 2015 and has asked me to be involved so now is the time to go for it.

“I’d like to thank SV Racing for all their support in in 2015 but now it’s time for a change. I’m keeping my number one mechanic from SVR and I’m seriously impressed with the set-up at Maximum. I am very confident we will be just as competitive as in the first half of the season – if not more so.”

Whorton-Eales’s car will sport an all-new livery at Knockhill to reflect Midlands-based telecoms company www.MaximumGroup.net’s involvement.

Lines said: “To come into a championship as high-profile as the Clio Cup with a driver with Ant’s profile is a very exciting opportunity for us. I certainly feel we have the infrastructure to do the job for him.

“It’s a very definite step up for Maximum Motorsport as we have every intention of being in the Clio Cup in 2016 and the future – just as we do the BTCC. We very much see Ant as an integral part of all that.

“A Clio Cup team plus a BTCC team effectively in the same paddock would make for a very attractive proposition not only for our VW drivers looking to a future in touring cars but also drivers from other categories. This would provide a natural link-up and has the potential to attract some excellent talent…”