Spires grad­u­ates to Clio Cup with PP team

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An­ton Spires will grad­u­ate to the Re­nault UK Clio Cup this sea­son with PP Mo­tor­sport and will also re­ceive sup­port from West­bourne Mo­tor­sport.

The 23-year-old con­tested se­lected rounds of the Clio Cup Race Se­ries last year but pre­vi­ously won the Road Se­ries ti­tle with West­bourne.

“It’s great know­ing I’ll be on the UK Clio Cup grid in 2016 – I hope with West­bourne’s in­put we can work to­wards top 10 re­sults and maybe even the top six by sea­son’s end,” said Spires. “See­ing Paul Streather, who I raced against in the Clio Cup Se­ries, do so well on his Clio Cup de­but [at Brands] last year has cer­tainly given us con­fi­dence.”

West­bourne will of­fer tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to Spires and PP ahead of a full re­turn to the cat­e­gory in 2017. The team last com­peted in the se­ries with James Col­burn and Devon Modell in 2014, with Col­burn fin­ish­ing fifth in the stand­ings.

Team boss Richard Col­burn said: “We get on well with the peo­ple from PP so are look­ing for­ward to work­ing with them. This gives us a re­ally good way back into the UK Clio Cup af­ter a year away and sets us up for our plans to have a three- or four-car team on the grid in 2017.”

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