KARTING CHAMPION TO CLIOS WITH PYRO
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.”