All Change At JamSport As Kidsley Makes Clio Cup Return

by Simon Paice

Luke Kidsley will be competing in the Renault UK Clio Cup this season with JamSport Racing after being named on the official 23 driver entry list for the opening rounds at Brands Hatch next weekend (2/3 April).

The entry list, released yesterday during the championship’s official media day at Rockingham, did not include JamSport pair Tom Grundy and Scott Robertson though, who had both been previously announced as competing in the series this season.

The team’s regular driver coach, Kidsley made his Clio Cup debut with a mixed three weekend spell at the end of last season – three retirements and a disqualification being coupled with strong pace en-route to seventh and fourth place finishes.

Grundy was expected to be a potential front-runner this season after breaking into the top six in the final race of his maiden campaign last year, and had unveiled an eye-catching livery for his fourth-generation Clio Cup car at the Autosport International Show in January (below).

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Robertson meanwhile was set to join the grid for the first time as the reigning BRSCC Ford Fiesta vice-champion, with JamSport initially hoping to run up to a five car entry with series race-winner Ant Whorton-Eales and Masters Cup front-runner Graham Field.

Instead they will run a three car line-up for 2016, their first season working in a new partnership with BTCC and British GT outfit Team HARD which will see the two squads share technical and engineering resources.

There were no other surprises on the 2016 Clio Cup entry list, and you can read a full run-through of the drivers and teams competing this year in our annual season preview, which will be published this Sunday morning on The Checkered Flag.

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