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Jack Fabby Racing to race in the Creventic Touring Car Endurance Series Powered by Hankook at the Silverstone 24 Hour race
Jack Fabby will be competing in the 1st Round of the FIA Creventic Hankook 24 hours of Silverstone event in April 2017.
The Cheshire based 17 year old took the 2016 BARC Michelin Clio Cup Road Series Rookie & Overall Road Champion title at the final rounds at Silverstone, competing in his first full season of car racing as the series youngest ever competitor at just 16 years old.
Jack had this to say about his switch to endurance racing, “I’m elated to be joining the Touring Car Endurance Series with such a top team, I have been following the Creventic Series over the past couple of years and it was definitely on my list of races to compete in. The whole team spirit which comes with Endurance racing is a huge draw, obviously this is serious racing but we are aiming to enjoy the event, have some fun along the way and of course aim to finish and win at Silverstone!”
“I had several offers on the table for 2017 but had decided to not jump in too quickly and to really weigh up where I wanted to be this year. Last season was made difficult when our main sponsor withdrew due to financial issues, we struggled on, funding my racing ourselves, so to come away with the Championship was even more special as retiring mid-season had been a real possibility. Then just this week, a loyal supporter of mine from the Netherlands, stepped in with an offer of funding for which I am overwhelmed and thankful for, this has allowed me to take this drive at Silverstone. It’s humbling to know that someone you have never met, believes in your capabilities and wants to help me push my career forward.”
I now have an MSA International C licence so all being well I will compete in further rounds of the series, I have my sights on racing at Spa (Belgium) later in the year for sure! It will be a big learning curve but I will take it in my stride. I am excited for the 2017 season, and a future beyond that!”
In the News.......
The latest issue of Performance French Car Magazine has a nice write up on my debut at SIlverstone in the Michelin Clio Cup Series.
I was pleased to be invited to display my RenaultSport Intrepid UK Clio 197 on the Milltek Sport stand at the recent PFC Magazine Expo at Donington Circuit. (Photo's to follow).
Thanks to Barwell Trailers for the loan of the RT4 enclosed trailer for transporting the car to the show. The trailer towed like a dream! (Barwell Trailers 01455 844 208 www.barwelltrailerhire.co.uk)
British teenager Jack Fabby will make a piece of Michelin Clio Cup Road Series history during the championship finale at Silverstone International Circuit at the weekend, 19th/20th September, when he becomes the youngest ever driver to compete in the category – aged just 16 years and nine days.
Fabby, from Mellor in Cheshire, graduates into the series for race-converted road-going Clio Renaultsport 197 cars with top Leicestershire-based team Jade Developments after two part-seasons in the Junior Saloon Car Championship.
Prior to the move into cars in 2014, Fabby enjoyed great success in national level karting over a four year period from the age of 10 with the works Intrepid Kart UK squad. Notably, his debut in the Michelin Clio Cup Road Series will be backed by the premium kart manufacturer and the Silverstone weekend is set to be the springboard to a full campaign with Jade in the category in 2016.
“I am extremely excited to be finally joining the Michelin Clio Cup Road Series – my 16th birthday couldn’t have come sooner”, said an elated Fabby, “The Clio Renaultsport 197 is an amazing car to drive and I'm looking forward to this next stage in my career. The support from Intrepid Kart UK is a fantastic link from my karting days to my next step in cars.
“I started in an Intrepid kart at 10 years old and I am proud of finishing my karting career on an Intrepid chassis. I am overwhelmed to have their distinctive brand on the car and their valued support now and throughout 2016 will be incredible. I’m also grateful for the continued support from Milltek Sport, Barwell Trailers and Greens Signs.”
As well as his portfolio of commercial sponsors, Fabby is also being backed by ‘the nation’s motorsport station’ Downforce Radio which is making a video documentary about the teenager’s rise through the motorsport ranks – filming begins in the autumn.
Additionally, the Road Series rookie is competing in support of the Babygrow Appeal which was launched by the Countess of Chester Hospital and aims to raise £3 million. Fabby’s baby cousin Jacob Evans was born prematurely in June and subsequently spent 12 weeks in the Neo Natal Unit.
Barwell-based Jade Developments, which is on course to seal the Road Series title with Luke Pinder (Shipley) and has a great chance to lock-out the championship top two with Jake Honour (Devizes), is thrilled to be bringing Fabby through into the Road Series from the JSCC. Moreover, team principal Sean Cassidy is confident the youngster will thrive on his debut in Clios.
“When we first signed Jack to the team at the start of the year, it was always the plan from the beginning to bring him through into the Clio when he was old enough”, said Cassidy, “He’s not fazed at all, if anything he’s really fired-up and we said to him in his last Junior Saloon race if he performed well it would be his last in that championship and we’ve move him up into the Clios.
“We’re obviously hoping to win the championship with Luke at the weekend too and hoping to finish one-two with Jake, that’s definitely possible. It’d be a fantastic end to the season if we can as we’ve grown in numbers and had a great year.”
Qualifying for rounds 12 and 13 of the season at Silverstone will get underway at 10.20 on Saturday, 19th September, with the first race of the weekend following at 15.00. On Sunday, 20th September, the final encounter of the year is scheduled to start at 11.15.
Along with headline sponsors Michelin and Protyre, the Clio Cup Series is additionally supported by Ferodo, Safety Devices and ALS Performance.
Today we have a special feature and a first for Two Wheels Or More…..an exclusive interview. My first ever interview is 15 year-old BARC Junior Saloon Car Championship driver Jack Fabby. Those who watch British circuit racing news know that Fabby has been touted for an impressive future. He has signed to race for Jade Developments in the Clio Series but has to wait until he turns sixteen later in the year to do so. In the meantime he is racing a Citroen Saxo built by his father in order to hone his craft with the stiff competition of a one-make series. What I can tell is that Jack has a fantastic family unit supporting him. Both parents raced in karting and cars and have used their experience to help nurture his career and although there’s been the odd hiccup along the way (which left Jack without a drive for the second part of the 2014 while his own car was built by his father) it’s clear they are all a little wiser for the experience. Jack harbours an ambition to race at Le Mans (preferably as the youngest ever driver) which is refreshing considering the number of young drivers who just want to be an F1 champion. He’ll have to get a move on though as the records is 16 years and 203 days by Matt McMurry last year.
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06/03/2015Double Michelin Clio Cup Road Series race winner Luke Pinder (Shipley) will partner fellow 2015 title contender Jake Honour (Devizes) at leading squad Jade Developments this season, the Leicestershire squad has confirmed.
As a strong supporter of the Road Series category since its inception two years ago, Sean Cassidy’s team is thrilled to be going into the new 13 race campaign with its strongest line-up yet as Pinder and Honour get set to do battle at the wheel of their race-converted Clio Renaultsport 197 cars.
Former rally driver Pinder, who competed as a privateer last year during his maiden season in the Road Series, more than proved his pace with two victories and three other podiums from six races. Exasperatingly, a series of mechanical dramas and on-track incidents stymied his championship bid so he will be determined to string together a full title challenge this year.
In addition to the Jade Developments two car line-up in the Michelin Clio Cup Road Series, the team will also field a car in the Junior Saloon Car Championship – which runs as part of the same package – for talented young teenager Jack Fabby (Mellor, Cheshire).
The 15-year-old, who made his car racing debut in the JSCC last year, plans to graduate into Clio Cup racing in the Road Series later in the season following his 16th birthday to boost Jade Developments presence in the Michelin-backed championship to an impressive three cars.
“We’re delighted to have signed Luke to partner Jake for the Road Series and with Jack [Fabby] set to move up into the championship later in the year, it’s definitely among the strongest of line-ups”, said team boss Cassidy, “It’s good for us to continue growing among such strong competition in the Clio Cup Series, to be competitive and achieve good results. I’m really looking forward to a great season.
“If we can start this season like last year and carry that momentum forward, there is no reason why we can’t be on the top step of the podium all season and win the championship – especially with Jake and Luke being such a strong pairing. They should push each other along and work well together, while also mentoring Jack in the JSCC before his step-up into Clios later in the year.”
Set to produce its biggest and most competitive grid yet in 2015, the Michelin Clio Cup Road Series will get underway at Rockingham in Northamptonshire on 11th/12th April with the championship’s first ever triple-header race meeting. Running alongside the sister Michelin Clio Cup Race Series, the categories will then revert to a double-header format during the subsequent five events.
Along with headline sponsors Michelin and Protyre, the Clio Cup Series is additionally supported by Ferodo and Safety Devices with further support for the Road Series from Monster Sport Europe.
JSCC RACER JACK FABBY RECEIVES DOWNFORCE RADIO BACKING IN 2015
Downforce Radio will be working closely with 15 year-old JSCC racer Jack Fabby in 2015 after impressing the team with his skilful performances during the 2014 campaign.
Eurosport commentator and Downforce Radio creator Jake Sanson has noted his talent all the way from Super One’s national karting series and believes he will have an incredible future within the sport.
“In motorsport, talent is obvious to see from the outset,” he stated today. “Racers do their best talking on track and what Jack can do even when things are not going his way speaks volumes about his level of skill and maturity. What really impressed us in 2014 was his ability to deal with difficult situations and mechanical problems. We believe he is one of the most talented 15 year-olds in the country, and with Jade Developments running him in 2015 he is a driver the British public should be paying close attention to.
“He reminds me a lot of Anthony Davidson, who won last year’s FIA World Endurance Championship. He has great dedication, a high level of professionalism and a charming persona. His ethos to never give in and fight for every corner is pleasantly infectious. We are confident he will impress many people both on and off the track in 2015 and beyond.”
After Ferrari GT race instructor Ray Grimes scouted him to race in the JSCC in 2014, his racecraft has attracted the attention of experienced Britcar and Michelin Clio Cup Series entrant Jade Developments to run Fabby for his second year in the BARC-run championship, before making the switch to the Michelin Clio Cup Series late in the year. Jack has set his sights on competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the future, before heading to his ultimate racing goal: the Le Mans 24 Hours.
“Not only has this chance given me focus to succeed, but it has also helped me make some important decisions with my school choices and future career path,” said Fabby on the announcement. “I love motorsport and want to be part of it whether as a driver or engineer. My main aim is to get to Le Mans, and having sat in Mike Newton’s class winning LMP2 car from 2005/2006 recently, I’d love to see my name on a Le Mans car in the future even more. Watch this space.”
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