Ant Whorton-Eales has made a surprise move from Maximum Motorsport to JamSport Racing for his 2016 Renault UK Clio Cup title bid.
Whorton-Eales will enter his fifth full Clio Cup season with his fifth different team, joining a JamSport outfit who suffered a mixed first full Clio campaign in 2015.
The team lost front-running drivers George Jackson and Dan Holland to rival teams during the year, but saw a late resurgence produce top six finishes with Tom Grundy and Luke Kidsley.
For Whorton-Eales meanwhile, 2015 saw him produce his best ever Clio season to date with twelve podium finishes, and the 21 year old believes JamSport are the team to finally guide him to the title.
“I really came to admire the JamSport people during 2015 – they’ve got real ambition and drive and certainly their plans for the future are very exciting,” said Whorton-Eales.
”I’m totally convinced in what I’ve seen that they have a set-up capable of giving me a chance of as many wins and another very realistic crack at the UK Clio Cup title in 2016.”
The news comes at an exciting time for JamSport, who recently announced they have entered a partnership with BTCC outfit Team HARD, and are also currently moving into new premises.
“Having Ant on board is clearly a major coup for us – we are delighted he has seen the value in joining JamSport as we push ahead with our plans to expand for the future,” added JamSport Team Principal Jamie Going.
“2015 was a highly encouraging season for us as we gradually came on stronger in the UK Clio Cup and, with Ant, we know we have a driver who can help to take us that step further.
“We very much see this as a long-term relationship with Ant – we’d like to go all the way with him and clearly the UK Clio Cup has a proven history of producing champions in touring cars, GT and sports car competition.”