Reigning Ginetta Junior vice-champion Senna Proctor will make the step up to the Renault UK Clio Cup next season with series returnees JHR Developments.
Following two seasons in the Ginetta Junior Championship, Proctor will join the Clios with headline backing from Simpson Race Products.
This season, Proctor took thirteen podium finishes including four wins en-route to second overall, finishing the year level on points with eventual champion Jamie Caroline.
Proctor is following the path set by 2014 champion Jack Mitchell, who made the transition to the Clios this season, and the 17 year old got to grips with his new Clio last week at Donington Park.
“I’m delighted to be working again with JHR after we’ve built such a strong relationship together these past two seasons,” said Proctor.
“I’ve really fallen in love with the UK Clio Cup car. It is superbly engineered – ultra-professional – and the performance really gives you a big smile as a racing driver.
“This is a two-year plan. Hopefully I can start collecting podiums in 2016 and really learn from it, with the ambition of going out and winning the title in 2017 and ultimately building towards the BTCC in 2018.”
For the JHR team, it marks a return to the championship after over a season and a half away, having run Lee Pattison in the opening two weekends of 2014.
The team have a strong pedigree in the series, having previously led Pattison to the vice-champion honours in 2010 and Josh Cook to fifth overall three years later.
“We have been looking at a return to the UK Clio Cup in 2016 and when Senna wanted to move up into the championship the decision was made very easy,” commented JHR team boss Steven Hunter.
“The opportunity to run Senna was not going to slip through our fingers. Senna is a pleasure to work with and undoubtedly a great talent for the future.
“This is a challenge I am personally looking forward to and our plans are to run a multi-car team. The door is very much open for drivers to come and talk to us.”