Clarke to split Lo­tus and Club­mans plans

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Teenager James Clarke will contest full cam­paigns in the BARC Club­mans and HSCC His­toric Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship this year.

Clarke com­peted in both cham­pi­onships in 2016, but only after he had turned 16 in April, mean­ing he missed the start of both cam­paigns.

A grad­u­ate of the Ju­nior Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship, Clarke took five wins in the Sports 1600 ‘Cup’ class in Club­mans and two Class C wins in the HTCC.

He will con­tinue in both cat­e­gories, com­pet­ing in new cars built by Dave Beecroft’s Orex out­fit. Clarke will switch from the Catch­pole Mal­lock Mk18 that he raced this season to a Mk27 machine in Club­mans.

Orex has also been tasked with build­ing a sec­ond Cortina to FIA spec­i­fi­ca­tions by spon­sor Car­dowan Cream­eries, which would al­low Clarke to com­pete in Euro­pean His­toric events.

“Orex are build­ing two new cars, so they’re quite busy,” said Clarke. “The Mk27 is about two feet longer [than the Mk18] – it’s a long car. It means I’ll have to get used to a long wheel­base, and we’ll have to get it set up be­cause one of the is­sues for me was that I tend to like the car to be quite front-endy and that’s hard to achieve with the en­gine in front of you – it tends to ro­tate around the front and it won’t dart into corners.

“John Kyle at Car­dowan tasked Orex with build­ing a new Cortina – or pre­par­ing it for rac­ing – but it will be prepped to Fia-spec so we can po­ten­tially do some Euro­pean rac­ing, pos­si­bly in His­toric Mas­ters.” For a fea­ture on James Clarke’s

season, see page 28

Teenager starred in clas­sic Lo­tus Cortina last year, and will re­turn

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