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Bri­tish karting cham­pion Jack Mccarthy will grad­u­ate to car rac­ing this sea­son in the Re­nault UK Clio Cup af­ter de­cid­ing against a move into sin­gle-seaters.

The 16-year-old tested a Bri­tish F4 car with Fortec but, af­ter a run in a Clio, he de­cided that was the bet­ter op­tion. He will now com­pete in the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship sup­port se­ries with the fron­trun­ning Team Pyro squad.

Mccarthy achieved a lot of suc­cess in karting, win­ning the Su­per One Se­nior Max ti­tle last sea­son and the Ju­nior crown the year be­fore. He was also in­vited to at­tend the Fer­rari Driver Acad­emy at Maranello in 2015.

“I had done ju­nior and se­nior karting and couldn’t re­ally do much more so I thought this was the right time to move on,” he said. “I tested an F4 car and I quite liked it. A lot of peo­ple come out of karting into F4 but I didn’t re­ally want to do that. I had a go in a Clio and I loved it straight away – I pre­ferred it to the F4.”

In­stead of be­gin­ning in a ju­nior cat­e­gory, Mccarthy thought it would be best to take on the chal­lenge of com­pet­ing in a se­nior se­ries.

“I’m 16 al­ready and thought it would be the best way to go and de­velop by do­ing the se­nior se­ries,” he said. “It will be a learn­ing curve rac­ing against much older driv­ers.

“I don’t know what to ex­pect be­cause I’ve not raced cars be­fore but my tar­get is a top 10 fin­ish. Ev­ery time I go out in the car I get more and more con­fi­dent and quicker. I’m not go­ing to put any pres­sure on my­self and I’m not re­ally ex­pect­ing any­thing.”

Pyro team boss Mark Hunt added: “We’re re­ally pleased to have at­tracted Jack to our driver line-up for 2017 – he is a phe­nom­e­nal tal­ent as his records clearly show.”

Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, Richard Styles, Mick Walker

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