Fiesta Junior runner up Bradley Burns has made the switch to the senior Renault UK Clio Cup championship after the junior series was postponed.
Burns was the second ever driver to join the Clio Cup junior series, signing with JamSport earlier this year. But, with the start date pushed from June to September, he has decided to jump up to the senior series.
The 16-year-old will compete in the three remaining rounds of 2017 with Team Pyro, aiming for a full championship in 2018.
“This is a very bold step for Bradley, but it is clear he has a mature head on his young shoulders and is approaching this in the right way,” said Pyro team principal Mark Hunt.
“I am sure he is going to settle in quickly and will benefit greatly from working with all our drivers ahead of a full campaign in 2018.”
Having only turned 16 yesterday, Burns will become the second youngest driver to have ever competed in the UK Clio Cup.
“It is undoubtedly a big leap for me to enter the senior Renault UK Clio Cup, but I am very excited about joining the grid at Rockingham and having the opportunity to compete in such a challenging championship.”
Burns had already begun testing the junior Clio Cup, which is near identical to the senior specification.
Renault UK’s Motorsport Championship Manager Will Fewkes has welcomed Burns to the senior grid.
When the revised junior calendar was announced, he insisted the inaugural championship will take place this year.
“As has been well documented we were not comfortable running the championship without some aspects that were out of our control being in place.
“Well now they have very much come together and UK Clio Cup Junior is very much go.
“Enquires about UK Clio Cup Junior remain very strong and we look forward to receiving more in the coming months ahead of our opening rounds at Snetterton in September.”
Image credit: Renault UK Clio Cup Press Office.