Leicester Mercury

Ex-karting champ is targeting Sport Porsche Carrera Cup GB title


TALENTED young racer Kiern Jewiss has joined Leicesters­hirebased Team Parker Racing to compete in the Pro class of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.

Jewiss, 19, was a star in karting, claiming 195 trophies, before joining the Ginetta Junior Championsh­ip in 2017, where he became Rookie Champion.

He was even more impressive the following year, not only taking the F4 British Championsh­ip at the first attempt, but also scoring a record-breaking number of points and podium finishes.

Racing in the BRDC British F3 Championsh­ip for the past two seasons, he recorded two wins and ten podiums as well as being named a BRDC SuperStar and a finalist in the thentitled McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

Looking for a new challenge, Kiern returns to the “TOCA” package where he achieved so much success, teaming up with Harry King in the Pro class, as well as Ryan Ratcliffe (Pro-Am), and Justin Sherwood and Armstrong (Am).

The 2021 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season gets under way at Snetterton on the slightly later than originally scheduled date of June 12/13, with the calendar pushed back to hopefully allow fans to return to circuits for the majority of the season.

The 16-race, eight weekend campaign draws to a close at Kiern’s home circuit of Brands Hatch in Kent in October.

Jewiss said: “It’s great to finally confirm my place in Porsche Carrera Cup GB.

“The championsh­ip is very competitiv­e, and with the calibre of drivers on the grid it really feels like a natural step up from the BRDC British F3 Championsh­ip.

“I think Porsche has created a very attractive package with its prizes and potential progressio­n, too.

“It was a simple decision to join Team Parker Racing with the success they had last year and my target is pretty straightfo­rward – to win the title!

“Having Harry [King] alongside me in the team will be a challenge but also a great reference.

“I can’t wait to get started.” Team Principal Stuart Parker said: “We are delighted to welcome Kiern to the team.

“Everything has happened quite quickly over the past few months, but he has consistent­ly proved to be quick in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, despite it being a big change from the single seaters he has been racing.

“It was no fluke that he was a McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist and drove so well in both Ginetta and F4, so we’re really happy to have him as part of the team as we aim to repeat as much success in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB as possible.”


 ??  ?? SPECIAL K: Kiern Jewiss, also above, was a sensation in his karting days
SPECIAL K: Kiern Jewiss, also above, was a sensation in his karting days

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