The BMR Academy is the stepping stone system created by Team BMR to assist drivers in the transition from Clio’s to the BTCC. Past drivers who have experienced this support include Ash Sutton who won the Renault UK Clio Cup Championship in 2015 and now finds himself in a BMR Subaru BTCC car.
Árón Taylor-Smith is the director of the BMR Academy and explains why Josh was an easy choice to be supported this year.
“Josh’s progression last year was one of the stand out features of the championship, with the guidance of the BMR Academy for 2017 he’s one to watch for the Renault UK Clio Cup Championship and a BTCC drive in the future .”
The 2016 campaign was the first full season Josh participated in the Renault UK Clio Cup Championship and enjoyed much success. Six podium results in total and three of those were achieved in the last four rounds.
A championship highlight was qualifying third at Thruxton after never competing at that circuit before, this stand out performance on the Saturday lead him to his first podium.
Josh went on to improve this qualifying form later in the season at Croft when he qualified second. The first race win for Josh came at Brands Hatch after starting P6 in race two.
Josh has set his sights high for the rapidly approaching 2017 season.
“Towards the end of 2016 I found great form on track, the points began racking up so quickly. I’ve now improved even more and with the pre-season testing programme proving a great success, I know I will be in the title fight. I just want to get going now!”
The media day for the Renault UK Clio Cup Championship is to be held at Rockingham on 17th March. This is traditionally the first opportunity for competitors to size each other up after a long winter break! Round one commences at Brands Hatch on the 1st April.
For more information on the BMR Academy please contact Aron@bmrracing.co.uk