Ben Davis recently had his first car debut in the 2014 Michelin Clio Cup Series at Snetterton and is now coming back for more this season under the #RacingforHeroes banner and the Finesse Motorosport team.
The high-profile charity initiative #RacingforHeroes will spread its presence to the 2015 Michelin Clio Cup Race Series, with talented rookie Ben Davis, to fly the flag for Help for Heroes as part of the newly created #R4H Academy.
Davis, based in Abingdon, made a stunning car racing debut in the Clio Cup Series last August, during a one-off appearance, finishing seventh and fifth overall in the two races he contested, winning the Sports Class in each encounter. His sparkling debut provided the springboard to ultimately become involved with #RacingforHeroes.
He is now set to embark on a planned full season under the banner RacingforHeroes with top team Finesse Motorsport Ltd (FML) – using Jake Giddings’ ex-third generation Clio.
The 22-year-old, who originally made a name for himself in Superkart racing, boosts the line-up at Finesse to an impressive four cars. Davis joins race series podium finisher Pete Bennett (Norwich), category race winner Andy Jordan (Bridgnorth) and rookie racer Adam Hatfield (Cranworth).
“I am absolutely delighted and honoured to be involved with such a great cause in #RacingforHeroes”, said Davis, “This is an amazing opportunity to progress my racing career towards the TOCA package and to be doing so whilst supporting our Heroes is incredible. Peter Thorpe – (founder of #RacingforHeroes) approached me after Snetterton last year and we’ve been in contact since then.
“I aim to use 2015 to develop as a racing driver in all aspects, with a view to moving into the Renault UK Clio Cup in 2016. I’ve not been in the car since Snetterton, but I hope to be not too far off at Rockingham for the first round. It’s great to be back with Finesse Motorsport and having four cars in the garage is a big plus.”
While Davis does intend to contest the complete Michelin Clio Cup Race Series championship this year, he is still working hard to finalise a full budget for the current campaign which begins on 11th/12th April.
“We’re going to do the first couple of rounds and see where we are”, he added, “We still haven’t secured funding for the whole season, but I know that my involvement with #RacingforHeroes will be an excellent platform for companies to come on-board.”
Welcoming Davis to the #R4H Academy, Peter Thorpe said: “We as a team are dedicated in developing young British talent and offering them a truly unrivalled platform to progress up the rungs of the motorsport ladder. We have been approached by countless drivers since our launch last year – testament to the opportunity we can offer. Although the #R4H Academy drivers do not get direct financial support, our drivers have the ability to add a third dimension to their own sponsorship quest – partnering the UK’s highest profile military charity, Help for Heroes.”
This association to the charity and the ability to offer sponsors direct access to the TOCA #RacingforHeroes team offers an edge to attract financial investment to compete. Ben has the “natural winning ability” to be a future star, and I hope with our support he can truly take the fight to the front of the grid and battle for P1 in 2015.
You can follow Davis’ progress throughout the season on twitter @BenDavisRacing.