Even though he will only be racing at a few events, Darren Johnson is still aiming for masters’ class wins in this year’s Clio Cup championship.
Johnson, 50 this week, will be using the 2016 season as a warm up year before a full Clio Cup season in 2017.
“Work commitments mean I can probably only do Donington Park, Oulton Park, Rockingham, and Silverstone, although there could be more,” said Johnson.
The master’s class is for drivers aged 38 and over at the start of the season.
“There’s no way I expect to be challenging the younger guys at the front,” said Johnson. “But I hope to be the first Masters driver across the line on a few occasions.”
“We’re all looking forward to working with Darren in 2016 – he loves his racing and is also a thoroughly nice bloke which always helps,” said Pyro Team Principal Mark Hunt. “He’s also going to benefit massively from working with our three ‘stars’ Mike Bushell, Josh Price and Senna Proctor so I’d expect to see improvements from him with every outing.”
Renaultsport’s UK Motorsport Championship Manager Will Fewkes said: “It’s really nice to see Darren adding to what is shaping up to be an extremely healthy grid for the UK Clio Cup in 2016 and hearing that he is already set on returning for 2017. He is an extremely amiable chap and, like any of our older Masters drivers, is I’m sure going to enjoy feeling 20 something again as part of the big show.”
Feature Image Credit: Renault UK Clio Cup Press Office