Late Clio Cup promotion for Norfolk teenager Adam Hatfield
06:30 26 July 2014
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Norfolk teenager Adam Hatfield is due to make his Michelin Clio Cup Race Series debut at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit this weekend.
The Junior Saloon Car Championship racer has been announced as a last-minute graduation with leading team SV Racing.
The 16-year-old, from Cranworth, near Watton, will be one of the youngest drivers on the grid during rounds seven and eight.
Hatfield made the step-up into car racing from karting last year in the JSCC and joined Danny Buxton’s SV Racing outfit during the second half of the season.
Embarking on a programme in a third generation two-litre racing Clio with the Cheshire team, Hatfield has made strong progress and now has the chance to put all he has learned into practice as team-mate to category podium finisher Sam Randon.
“Originally the plan was to run a full year’s testing ahead of a full assault next season, so to be racing this weekend is really exciting”, Hatfield said.
“I’ve had six days’ worth of testing so far this year and feel very comfortable in the car. The SVR team and I tested at Brands Hatch earlier in the year and it’s a circuit I enjoy as its fast nature provides an exciting challenge.
“I’ve had a lot of tutoring from both Danny [Buxton] and several of the Renault UK Clio Cup drivers, so I’m feeling really good ahead of this weekend. I don’t have any high expectations, but it would be good to be racing within the mix of everyone to gain some valuable experience.”