Motor racing novice Mark Vella and Fiesta racing graduate Alex Reed will join the Michelin Clio Cup Series grid at Snetterton this weekend.
Maltese racer Vella will make his competition debut with Westbourne Motorsport just four weeks after gaining his racing license, and heads into the meeting with just a day’s testing at Donington Park back in May under his belt.
Vella currently works as a mechanic for Westbourne’s Renault UK Clio Cup team, and is entering the series with a view to competing full-time next year.
“Coming from a business background in Malta, I have no racing experience,” said Vella. “After a successful test day at Donington in the Westbourne Clio, though, I decided to chase after my hobby and I got my racing licence four weeks ago.
“Westbourne has given me the opportunity to race at Snetterton and I will be looking to use this weekend as a learning curve, possibly committing to a full season in the same championship with Westbourne Motorsport next year.”
Reed enters Renault Clio racing with SV Racing having finished fourth overall in the Ford Fiesta Junior Championship last season. Reed, who took a podium on his Fiesta debut in September 2012, also made an appearance in the Ginetta Junior Winter Series and once again finished in the top three on his maiden outing.
The 16 year old is aiming to replicate those feats on his Clio bow, with a rostrum finish his target.
“I’m aiming to get a podium, I’d love to get that,” commented Reed. “I’ve been on the podium on my debut in every championship I’ve raced in so far, it’d be fantastic to do that in Clios. The car is very fast, a clear race car – compared to the Fiesta you can tell it’s far more sophisticated.
“So far, Danny [Buxton – SV Racing team principal] has done a great job with the car, it was set up perfectly when I tested, and he’s supplied all of the right people. I’m sure the team will do a great job at the weekend.”