Ant Whorton-Eales (Lichfield) has made a shock move to the JamSport Racing team in his bid to win the Renault UK Clio Cup crown in 2016 after narrowly missing out on the title this year.
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The 21-year-old led the UK Clio Cup standings for much of 2015 and, having moved from the SVR team to the Maximum Motorsport squad mid-season, was still in with a chance of the title at the final two rounds at Brands Hatch in October. He finished an eventual third overall…

Now, though, he has confirmed he will switch to JamSport for 2016. The Northampton-based outfit only joined the UK Clio Cup in 2014 but in its first full season this year its cars gradually began fighting at the front of the grid. It is also currently in the middle of considerable expansion with a move into sizeable new premises and a tie-up with British Touring Car operation Team HARD.

Whorton-Eales commented: “I really came to admire the JamSport people during 2015 – they’ve got real ambition and drive and certainly their plans for the future are very exciting. I’m totally convinced in what I’ve seen that they have a set-up capable of giving me a chance of as many wins and another very realistic crack at the UK Clio Cup title in 2016.

“It’s a championship I’d very much like to win having come so close this past year – we’re in front of the British Touring Car crowds and live on ITV4 and I don’t think the racing is as exciting anywhere else. There is massive kudos for whoever wins it.”

JamSport Team Principal Jamie Going said: “Having Ant on board is clearly a major coup for us – we are delighted he has seen the value in joining JamSport as we push ahead with our plans to expand for the future. 2015 was a highly encouraging season for us as we gradually came on stronger in the UK Clio Cup and, with Ant, we know we have a driver who can help to take us that step further.

“We very much see this as a long-term relationship with Ant – we’d like to go all the way with him and clearly the UK Clio Cup has a proven history of producing champions in touring cars, GT and sports car competition both at home and on the international scene. In the meantime we look forward to announcing the rest of our UK Clio Cup driver line-up in due course…”

Renaultsport’s UK Motorsport Championship Manager Will Fewkes added: “Another week – another very exciting announcement for 2016’s UK Clio Cup. Clearly Ant became part of one of British motor sport’s most captivating rivalries in 2015 as he fought with Ashley Sutton and Ash Hand for the UK Clio Cup title and it’s great to hear of his determination to come back and try and challenge for the crown again in 2016. Great, too, to see JamSport’s ambitious plans beginning to take shape and to see a lot of that revolving around their UK Clio Cup programme. Undoubtedly with Ant in one of their cars they are going to be a major force on our grid next year.”