WHORTON-EALES GETS F1 EN­TRY

Re­nault Clio Cup cham­pion to make his BRISCA F1 de­but at Birm­ing­ham Wheels

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Matt James Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, Hal Ridge, mkpics.net, Colin Casser­ley

Re­nault UK Clio Cup cham­pion Ant Whorton-eales will make his BRISCA F1 stock car de­but at Birm­ing­ham Wheels on Novem­ber 12.

The Lich­field racer, who took nine wins on his way to the Clio crown this sea­son, will take part in the meet­ing-open­ing Un­der 25s race at the Gala meet­ing.

The 22-year-old is the nephew of for­mer BRISCA F1 World Fi­nal win­ner Mur­ray Har­ri­son, and his fa­ther Mark has also con­tested short oval rac­ing.

Whorton-eales has built and races a clas­sic hot rod, but this will be his first out­ing in an F1 car.

He said: “I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to this. I have driven a car be­fore and I re­ally en­joyed it, but rac­ing one will be some­thing else. I have seen the en­tries and there are some great driv­ers, so it is go­ing to be a real test for me. “I hope I will be fast, but then there is the con­tact to take into ac­count as well. The hits do look hard, but that is some­thing that you have to deal with when you are at the front. “This is just a one-off at the mo­ment as I will still con­cen­trate on cir­cuit rac­ing, but now the sea­son is over, I am able to go and do some­thing with­out too much pres­sure. I just hope I don’t let the cir­cuit rac­ing boys down.” The meet­ing, which starts at 1700hrs, also fea­tures BRISCA F2 and V8 Hot Stox on the bill. ● The 2013 Na­tional Hot Rod World Fi­nal win­ner John Christie will also fea­ture at the meet­ing. He has been loaned the car of ex­pe­ri­enced racer Paul Hines for his de­but in the cat­e­gory. The North­ern Ir­ish­man will take part in the full meet­ing.

Whorton-eales took nine wins and Clio Cup crown

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