Seventeen year old Sam Watkins will be returning to the UK Clio Cup grid in 2016. The teenager will be joining the 20Ten Racing team.
Watkins joined the team at the final two events of the 2015 season, in Silverstone and Brands Hatch, which the team principal, Simon Hunt, said was “all about Sam getting a taste for what the UK Clio Cup is about”, adding that he adapted well.
“As his experience of both the car and the touring car-type racing in the UK Clio Cup builds I can see him emerging as a real front-runner as the 2016 season progresses. Certainly I’m very happy to have been able to hang on to him as we look to build on our positive results.”
Watkins drove in the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship last year, taking his first win in Silverstone and coming fourth overall. That experience, he hopes, will help him next season.
“The biggest thing is being confident in a racing situation,” he said. “The UK Clio Cup is where drivers come to show what they are made of before the step up to international touring car, sportscar, or GT competition, so inevitably things get very competitive. But having now tested the water I feel ready for what lies ahead and am really looking forward to getting back on track with some pre-season testing.”
20Ten Racing will be hoping to continue to challenge for wins and podiums that they enjoyed over the past two years.
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