The country’s favourite motorsport series – the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) – is back on track next weekend (29/30 March) for the first three rounds of the 2014 season. The racing kicks off at Brands Hatch Circuit in Kent, and there will be a new contender amongst the record-breaking 31 cars on the grid in the form of Crabbie’s Racing and its ambitious young driver, Jack Clarke.
Driving a Motorbase-run Ford Focus and carrying the distinctive Crabbie’s colours, the 26-year old from Surrey will be making the transition from a successful international single seater career to the BTCC and he is determined to make an impression.
“I am delighted to be introducing the Crabbie’s brand to motor sport; the car looks fantastic and has already attracted a great deal of attention,” said Clarke. “The BTCC is a massively popular championship and I am sure that it will be a great platform for the Crabbie’s brand. I am really looking forward to the start of the season. I know it will be a big challenge for me as I adapt to touring cars having spent my previous few years in Formula 2 and sports cars. I will also be one of 31 cars on the grid at Brands Hatch – which will be an incredible spectacle and a real test for all the drivers. It is very exciting and I can’t wait for the weekend.”
The championship, which will be spread over ten weekends from March until October with three races at each venue, has an unprecedented television package with all rounds televised live on ITV4 and a huge spectator following at each event. There is no doubt that the popular Brands Hatch circuit will be ‘the place to be’ next weekend, and the 1.2 mile Indy track will be the scene of some incredible motor sport action to blow away the winter cobwebs.
“I am really pleased to be starting my BTCC career at Brands Hatch,” said Jack. “I have won lots of races there and as a Surrey boy it is my home circuit. I will be amongst some real motor sport legends with seven previous BTCC champions on the grid, but I plan to make a strong start to what I know will be a ‘learning-curve’ weekend.”