CATCHING UP WITH: CALUM KING
Scotsman Callum King will switch to Eurotech Racing for his third season in the MINI CHALLENGE JCW Class this year.
King has gradually gained in pace across his first two JCW campaigns, and last year scored finishes inside the top 10 despite a difficult season with mechanical issues and being forced to skip rounds due to unforeseen circumstances.
After two years with the ES Motorsport concern, King now joins Eurotech, which ran Brett Smith to the JCW title last term.
“I’m a friend of British Touring Car Championship racer Jack Goff [who races a Eurotech Honda Civic in the BTCC] and he set up a couple of meetings with Jeff Smith and the team, which led to the chance to join them for this season,” said King.
“The team are great and have made me feel very welcome and I hope I can continue their good results in the CHALLENGE.
“After a solid year of learning and understanding both the car and tracks in 2016, I had a positive outlook for 2017, but that soon disappeared after the second round. Unfortunately, a mix of bad luck and me-chanical gremlins limited progress. I also missed two rounds, so it was a stop-start year, which makes me hungrier for success in 2018.
“For 2018 my target has to be podiums. My highest finish in the JCWs has been seventh, so it’s time to step it up a gear and push forward, which I think is realistic with the backing of Eurotech. Their knowledge and experience is vital to bring me on as a driver.
“I wouldn’t want to race anywhere else than the MINI CHALLENGE at the moment, as I think the quality of the package is right up there and the running of the series is great. It’s a great paddock to be part of, we are all one big Mini family!”