“I’m also really pleased to be doing this with Ethan – he has fantastic raw pace, a sensational ability to put what he is told into practice and very good car control. Having coached him from the passenger seat of a Clio I know this first hand!”
Fellow North Yorkshireman Hammerton, aged 18, competed in several rounds of the BTCC with Team HARD in 2018 having won its scholarship against 100 drivers at the start of last year. He was also runner-up in 2017’s Clio Cup Junior category – won by Jack Young (already confirmed for 2019’s Clio Cup grid with the MRM outfit).
“Having had a taste of BTCC events with Team HARD in 2018 with all the big crowds and live coverage on ITV, I really wanted more of it this year!” said Hammerton.
“It makes perfect sense to stay with Team HARD for 2019 and the Clio Cup car I know well from the junior days. Max and I are near neighbours and good friends; he’s coached me a few times so I know I’ve got a great team-mate to work with.
“History also shows how drivers from the BTCC have gone into the Clio Cup to stay sharp before returning and doing well in touring cars. The racing is very similar and I think that experience will serve me well.”
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