BTCC: Honda Yuasa Racing signed Jack Clarke
Honda Yuasa Racing has launched a new Driver Development Programme and signed Jack Clarke as its first member. The most successful team in recent times in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, which clinched five drivers’ championships, four constructors’ crowns and six teams’ titles over the past decade, looks to the future and is preparing for the next era in BTCC. Because of that new Driver Development Programme was established.
Jack Clarke will be Honda’s test-driver and brand ambassador. The 28-years old driver from Surreystar competed in the BTCC as a rookie in 2014, driving Crabbie’s Racing’s Ford Focus ST, with one podium finish in the final race at Brands Hatch. Low budget have forced him to run out of the BTCC competition.
Clarke will make his public debut as a Honda Yuasa Racing ambassador at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (25-28 June), driving media up the famous hill in the new Civic Type R. The former FIA Formula Two Championship race-winner will subsequently represent the team and brand in a variety of high-profile consumer activities over the summer. A test outing in Honda Yuasa Racing’s BTCC car is planned post-season.
“We are delighted to be unveiling the Honda Yuasa Racing Driver Development Programme and in Jack Clarke, we are confident we have a real touring car star of the future on our hands. Jack proved last season that he has a lot of potential behind the wheel, and both inside and out of the car, he is the consummate professional and I’m sure will act as a perfect ambassador as Honda enters a new chapter in its rich sporting heritage”, said Philip Crossman, Managing Director of Honda UK.
“It’s a tremendous honour to be joining the Honda Yuasa Racing Driver Development Programme. I hugely enjoyed my maiden season in the BTCC, and although we were sadly unable to return to the grid this year, I always made it clear that my touring car ambitions were far from over.
I’m really looking forward to working alongside Matt and ‘Flash’, two of the best and most successful drivers in BTCC history, and I’m sure I can learn a great deal from their experience and expertise. I’m also excited about the chance to represent Honda at events like Goodwood and CarFest – not to mention climbing into the driver’s seat of the awesome Civic Type R. I can’t wait!”, said Jack Clarke.