Renault UK Clio Cup race-winner Ant Whorton-Eales will make a guest appearance in the Michelin Clio Cup Series this weekend at Snetterton with regular team SV Racing.
Whorton-Eales has been competing in the BTCC-supporting Clio Cup since the end of the 2011 season, notching up one win, eleven podium finishes and two pole positions during his time in the series so far.
The 20 year old, who has competed in the series with Westbourne Motorsport and SV, is currently in the thick of a championship battle for the 2014 title, lying 41 points shy of team-mate Josh Cook with four races remaining.
The KX Akademy protégé is entering the Clio Series for the first time as he tries to accrue as much track time as possible to boost his chances of successfully challenging for the Clio Cup title, and is looking forward to returning to the wheel of a third-generation Clio racer.
“Racing this weekend will keep me sharp before we return to Rockingham in the Clio Cup next weekend, and also offers SV newcomer Alex Reed a team-mate to compare data with,” Whorton-Eales told TCF.
“I can’t wait to get back out in the 2.0 car as it’s been nearly twelve months! It will be interesting to feel the differences between the cars as I have never had a chance to ‘back to back’ them.”
Reed meanwhile feels working alongside Whorton-Eales will be hugely beneficial as he prepares to make his Clio Series debut.
“Having somebody as experienced as Ant as my team-mate will be great,” commented Reed.
“I’m sure he will be able to share a few tips and I hope to benefit from his knowledge of the car, but he will certainly be a good benchmark.”
Whorton-Eales joins an expanded grid for rounds nine and ten of the twelve race championship, with the return of Jake Honour and the entries of debutants Reed, Mark Vella and Ben Davis making it a 22 car grid for the weekend.