Butler joins Lidsey at 20Ten Racing
Derby racing driver Tom Butler has signed an eleventh hour deal with local team 20Ten Racing to join the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series grid in time for the season-opening event at Rockingham this weekend, 5th/6th April.
The 20-year-old graduates to the popular one-make saloon car championship after just a single season of car racing in the MG Trophy where he impressed en-route to becoming Vice-Champion of Class C, third in the overall standings.sors in.
The plan is to try and get into the Renault UK Clio Cup next year, money permitting, and then go for touring cars but it’s all down to the sponsorship. – said Butler – Friday’s test will be my first time in the car so it is all a bit last minute, hopefully we’ll have a good weekend though. I’m looking forward to working with the guys at 20Ten, they’re only based just around the corner from me.
Within the space of a week 20Ten Racing has been able to conclude two deals to confirm its place on the Michelin Clio Cup Series grid at Rockingham, with Butler joining category podium finisher Brett Lidsey who switches from running as a privateer entrant.
The 22-year-old, who started his competitive motorsport career riding in schoolboy Motocross, claimed his first Michelin Clio Cup Race Series podium during the 2013 season finale at his home circuit, Brands Hatch, and claimed more silverware during the end-of-year Autumn Cup.