Freddie Hunt, son of 1976 Formula 1 World Champion James Hunt, tested a Renault UK Clio Cup car for the first time earlier this week with Bubble & Kick Racing.
Hunt got behind the wheel of Team BKR’s Clio around the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit as the team continue their preparations ahead of their maiden campaign in the BTCC support category.
The 27 year old quickly got to grips with the fourth-generation Clio and completed over one hundred laps of the 1.2 mile circuit.
“I was pleasantly surprised with it and it was nice to be back at Brands – the last time I was there was in 2007’s Formula Ford Festival when I had my car written off at Paddock Hill Bend!” said Hunt.
“All the other tin tops I’ve tried before were pretty woolly but the Clio Cup car was totally different, it is well balanced, light, nimble and faster than I expected.”
Hunt was at the wheel of Mike Bushell’s 2014 title-winning car, which now BTCC driver Bushell himself shook down last month ahead of Hunt’s test as part of his driver coaching and technical role with the team.
BKR team principal Nico Ferrari was impressed with how Hunt adapted to the Clio and hopes to tempt him into competing in the championship this season with the team.
“The day was a huge success. Freddie was professional and meticulous in his approach to a new car,” he commented. “He instantly looked right at home in the car and this was reflected in his speed and 150 error-free laps!
“I would love to get him in the car for the season. I’m sure he could fight for wins and the title.”