McCarthy targeting Clio Cup title
McCarthy targeting Clio Cup title

Jack McCarthy (Bromley) believes he can challenge for the Renault UK Clio Cup drivers’ title in 2018 having dazzled in his debut season in the category in 2017.
Former karting star McCarthy caused a sensation when, aged just 16, he qualified on the front row of the grid in his first Clio Cup event at his home circuit of Brands Hatch last spring.

He was on the front-running pace many more times during the season and eventually finished as the championship’s highest-placed newcomer in seventh overall.

His results also included two breakthrough podium results in the final six races and he is hoping to continue that strong from into 2018 – beginning this weekend (Sat 7/Sun 8 April) when the new season gets under way back at Brands Hatch.

McCarthy, sponsored by Shandon Hotel & Spa, said: “Obviously I have good memories of Brands Hatch from last April but also the final rounds of 2017 there in the autumn when I was on the podium.

“Last year was all about learning and I’m looking to come back stronger this year. My target is the title.”

McCarthy will again race for the Team Pyro squad – its other drivers include two more impressive youngsters in Bradley Burns and Zak Fulk, plus the experienced Daniel Rowbottom and Max Coates.

McCarthy added: “It’s going to be very competitive between us all, but I see that as a positive as we can learn from each other. On saying that, the whole grid is competitive so it’s not just my team-mates who I need to beat!”