Horsham racing driver Alex Reed will graduate into the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series at Snetterton in Norfolk this coming weekend, 30th/31st August, with the SV Racing team during the penultimate two rounds of the championship’s season.
The 16-year-old A-level student, who recently completed his GCSEs, steps up into the world of Renault Clio racing after an impressive run in the Ford Fiesta Junior Championship where he was fourth overall last year, having previously contested a couple of rounds in 2012.
After a formative career in karting, Reed passed his ARDS shortly after his 14th birthday and tested a car for the first time in June 2012 at Snetterton. His race debut in Fiestas came in September of that year, where he climbed the podium, before embarking on his first full season in 2013.
Taking several podiums, the youngster claimed his maiden victory at Snetterton and at the end of the year participated in the Ginetta Junior Winter Series – again bagging a podium finish on his category debut. With such a successful record in each category he has contested, the teenager has high aspirations of mounting a podium challenge on his Renault Clio bow.
“I’m aiming to get a podium, I’d love to get that”, said a confident Reed, “I’ve been on the podium on my debut in every championship I’ve raced in so far, it’d be fantastic to do that in Clios. The car is very fast, a clear race car – compared to the Fiesta you can tell it’s far more sophisticated.
“So far, Danny [Buxton – SV Racing team principal] has done a great job with the car, it was set up perfectly when I tested, and he’s supplied all of the right people. I’m sure the team will do a great job at the weekend.”
Qualifying for rounds nine and 10 of the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series and Road Series will begin at 11.10 on Saturday, 30th August, with the first race of the weekend – which will be screened live on Motors TV – following at 15.25. On Sunday, 31st August, round 10 will take place at 11.45.
Along with headline sponsors Michelin and Protyre, the Clio Cup Series is additionally supported by Ferodo and Safety Devices.