Ben Davis will compete in the Michelin Clio Cup Series this season with backing from #RacingforHeroes as part of their new young driver academy.
Davis made his car-racing debut in the Clio Series last August, a one-off appearance at Snetterton yielding fifth and seventh place finishes overall and a pair of Sport Class victories.
The 22 year old will compete in a third-generation Clio under the #RacingforHeroes Academy with FML banner, joining Pete Bennett, Andy Jordan and Adam Hatfield at Finesse Motorsport.
“I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be involved with such a great cause in RacingforHeroes,” said Davis, who admits he is still looking to raise the budget required to complete a full season.
“I’ve not been in the car since Snetterton, but I hope to be not too far off at Rockingham for the first round. It’s great to be back with Finesse Motorsport and having four cars in the garage is a big plus.
“This is an amazing opportunity to progress my racing career, and to be doing so whilst supporting our Heroes is incredible. I aim to use 2015 to develop as a racing driver in all aspects, with a view to moving into the Renault UK Clio Cup in 2016.”
#RacingforHeroes was launched late last year, with the aims of raising money and awareness for the Help for Heroes charity, and providing opportunities for military veterans in motorsport.
Alongside this, the scheme aimed to provide opportunities in motorsport for young drivers and whilst initial plans to run five cars in five championship on the BTCC package have been put on hold, their new Academy project has been launched with Davis the first beneficiary.
“We are dedicated to developing young British talent and offering an unrivalled platform to progress up the motorsport ladder,” commented #RacingforHeroes founder Peter Thorpe.
“Although the #R4H Academy drivers do not get direct financial support, our drivers have the ability to add a third dimension to their own sponsorship quest by partnering the UK’s highest profile military charity, Help for Heroes.
“Ben has the natural winning ability to be a future star and I hope, with our support, he can truly take the fight to the front of the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series grid and battle for P1 in 2015.”