|KARTING STAR GRICE JOINS TCR FOR DEBUT CLIO CUP CAMPAIGN|
Car racing rookie Tom Grice today, Monday, 21st February, becomes the latest driver to confirm his participation in the 2011 ELF Renault Clio Cup after finalising a deal with multiple champion team Total Control Racing.
The 18-year-old karting graduate, who has enjoyed a highly successful career in Britain and Europe, is TCR’s third Clio Cup signing and during his initial winter test runs Grice has proven to be an exciting prospect for success in his debut campaign.
Lee Brookes, team principal of Wednesbury-based TCR, said: “It’s fantastic for us to have completed a deal with Tom, in just a handful of tests he’s come on massively and in our most recent outing at Rockingham he was bang on the pace.
“He’s still got a lot to learn but we have high hopes he’ll be at the sharp end very quickly. It’s really important for us to have at least a couple of drivers up there challenging at the front and if Tom continues to improve at the rate he has already, he’ll be right there.”
Enjoying his first major success in 2005 by winning with Kartmasters Rotax Mini Max British Grand Prix, the youngster from Hockley in Essex also finished in the top three of that year’s Stars of Tomorrow Rotax Mini Max National Championship.
Moving into European competition in 2006 in the realms of Formula JICA Karting, Grice went on to secure numerous victories and championship titles. Becoming German Formula JICA Champion in 2007, he also ended the CIK-FIA European KF3 Karting Championship as Vice-Champion and finished third in the KF3 class of the Italian Open Masters.
The following year he won the German Challenger Kart Championship, was third in the KF2 Andrea Margutti Trophy and 10th in both the CIK-FIA KF2 World Cup and the KF2 Silver Cup. Over the last two seasons, Grice continued to compete at the highest level in the CIK-FIA World Championships, the WSK International Series and also back on home soil in the Super KF British Championship.
Commenting on his graduation to car racing, Grice said: “I’m delighted to be driving for TCR in my first season in cars. I’ve done four test days up to now with the team and so far so good, everything has been getting better and better. I’ve been working with Jonny Adam (2005 ELF Renault Clio Cup Champion and British Touring Car Championship front-runner) and he’s really helped me to improve.
“Saloons have always been my aim, I really like the style of racing and it’s much more achievable to make a career in them than in single-seaters which is all about who has the most money. We’ve been making great progress in testing so my aim is to be right up at the front from the first round.”