Jack Mitchell has elected to bring his 2015 Renault UK Clio Cup campaign to an early conclusion following a tough second half of the season so far, though has stated his intentions to return to the grid next season.
An eleventh hour decision from the reigning Ginetta Junior champion saw him choose to miss this weekend’s meeting at Rockingham as well as the visits to Silverstone and Brands Hatch GP, with his focus turning to the 2016 campaign.
Mitchell competed over the first half of the season with SV Racing, however with the team withdrawing in the summer break he was forced to find a new home in 20Ten Racing, a partnership that unfortunately didn’t come together.
“With everything that happened halfway through the season, with us having to leave SV and join a new team with 20Ten, we’ve decided to save our money now for the remainder of the season and focus on 2016,” Mitchell explained to TCF.
“There was a little problem with the car at Knockhill and we struggled over the weekend. We tried to sort it for this meeting, but in testing on Thursday it still wasn’t right, so we decided not to race this weekend and subsequently the rest of the year.”
Mitchell certainly impressed in his maiden campaign with a maiden outright podium finish at Donington Park as part of a half dozen top six finishes in the opening ten races, and he hopes to return to the series and push forwards next year.
“It’s been a massive learning curve for us this season and I think it’s definitely brought me on as a driver. We’ve put a lot of effort into it this year and learnt so much, so I want to continue in the Clios next year with the right people around me,” he added.
“We want to get plenty of pre-season testing under our belts, learn in the testing rather than the races, and hopefully go again for the championship next year.”