British Touring Car Championship racer Ant Whorton-Eales will join the Mini Challenge JCW Championship this year with the Jamsport team.
Whorton-Eales won the Renault UK Clio Cup title in 2016 before graduating to the BTCC to race an AmDTuning.com Audi S3 last season. He also has a history with the Mini Challenge, having won the lesser-powered Cooper Class title back in 2011.
For this year he will head-up a multi-car JCW entry from Jamsport, the squad which ran him to the Clio title in 2016.
“I was made an offer that was too good to turn down by Jamsport,” said Whorton-Eales. “Realistically, in the BTCC, I wouldn’t have been fighting for outright wins in 2018. I know how it works and it would have been tough, but in the Mini Challenge I think I can be right in the mix and be up there fighting at the front again hopefully.
“The JCWs are amazing cars and not too far away from a BTCC machine. They are a little bit different in the brakes and in the speed, but that is it. It is very, very close and I know that people will think I am there to be beaten but I don’t see it that way. It will be tough but I am really excited about the challenge.”
Jamsport boss Jamie Going added: “Ant’s one of those special drivers that can simply jump into anything and be right at the front – he could probably drive a wheelbarrow faster than most people.
“He’s got to be a title contender this year. He’s won in almost everything he’s done.”
Jamsport will also run additional cars for Scottish Mini ace Joe Tanner, reigning Ford Fiesta Junior champion Jack Davidson and series returnee Calum King.