BTCC podium-finisher Jack Clarke has signed a late deal to compete in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup this season with SV Racing.
Clarke competed in the BTCC for the first time last season in a Motorbase Performance Ford Focus, a solid rookie campaign culminating in a superb second place in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch.
Despite there being a capacity 32 car entry for the BTCC this year, the former FIA Formula Two race-winner was unable to put a deal together to return to the championship this season.
“It’s been a long winter trying to put a deal together, and we made a massive effort to get back onto the grid this year,” said Clarke.
“I’m really excited to be working with SV Racing this year, when I spoke to Danny Buxton [SV Team Principal] I immediately felt confident that this was somebody I could work with and who would provide me with the ideal environment to maintain my career momentum.
“We might be on the back foot initially due to the 11th-hour nature of the deal, but I’m sure we will catch up quickly and I can’t wait to get started!
“I want to be clear that even though I am stepping away from the championship for a year, my BTCC dream is certainly not over.”
Clarke is the second driver to make the move from BTCC to Ginetta’s this season alongside Ollie Jackson, and he joins fellow former single-seater racers Mitchell Hale and Stephen Young to complete a three-car entry for SV Racing.
“Getting Jack on-board is a major coup for us – a real headline-grabbing signing in view of what he brings to the team,” added Buxton.
“Jack’s experience across the different disciplines – especially aerodynamically from his single-seater days – will really pay dividends. In one way, this is a side-step for him, but it means he will now be a very big fish in a smaller pond and as the year progresses, I’m confident he will develop into a real title contender.”