Bromley teenager Jack McCarthy will be one of the youngest drivers in history to race in the UK Clio Cup, making his debut with Team Pyro.
The 16-year-old has been attracting attention from the likes of Ferrari during his karting career, as he took the British Senior Max Super One and Open crowns in 2016, as well as the European and British Junior Max class titles the year before.
McCarthy has decided to “buck the trend” of going from karting to single seaters by turning to a career in tin tops.
“By entering the UK Clio Cup I can learn all the top British circuits, perform in front of the huge British Touring Car Championship crowds, be seen on TV and gain experience about working with a world-famous car manufacturer,” he said. “They will stand me in great stead of the future.”
Team Pyro will put him in a good position to continue his success, as they have won six of the last eight drivers’ titles in the series, and team principal Mark Hunt thinks McCarthy will add to that total.
“We’re really pleased to have attracted Jack to our driver line up in 2017,” he said. “He is a phenomenal talent as his records clearly show and, like some of our previous drivers who have come from karting and gone on to stardom in tourin cars, we are really looking forward to seeing him using his considerable skills in the cut and thrust of the UK Clio Cup.”
McCarthy will make his Clio Cup debut at Brands Hatch in April.
Feature image credit: Renault UK Clio Cup Press Office