Thomp­son steps up to UK Clio Cup for 2017

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For­mer Fi­esta Ju­nior cham­pion Aaron Thomp­son will switch to the Re­nault UK Clio Cup with Jam­sport for this season.

Thomp­son raced in the main Fi­esta cham­pi­onship last year, fin­ish­ing sixth in the Class C stand­ings, and will re­main with the Jam­sport squad he se­cured his Ju­nior ti­tle with in 2015.

“I ticked off most boxes in the Fi­es­tas – I won the Ju­nior ti­tle with a record num­ber of wins and won races in Fi­es­tas last year and thought the next step would be Clios,” he said. “Jam­sport has been suc­cess­ful in the Clio Cup so it wasn’t a hard choice to stick with them. I have a very good re­la­tion­ship with them.

“I had one day of test­ing at Don­ing­ton Park and it went re­ally well. I fell in love with the car – I knew it was the car for me. The dif­fer­ence be­tween a Fi­esta and Clio is a lot be­cause it’s a race car made by Re­nault. The Fi­esta is es­sen­tially a glo­ri­fied track day car and the grip level in the Clios is some­thing I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.”

Thomp­son says this year will be a steep learn­ing curve and hasn’t set any tar­gets.

“I just want to fin­ish, get some ex­pe­ri­ence and have fun,” he added. “That’s the rea­son I started rac­ing and the rea­son I con­tinue rac­ing.”

Jam­sport will field Thomp­son

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