Patrick McClughan will continue in the Ginetta Junior Championship this year after it was announced he has secured a seat with newcomers Kelvin Jones Motorsport.
Paddy, who made his debut in the Ginetta Junior Championship for 14-17 years old in 2010, made good progress and he finished the season on a high with a ninth place finish at Donington Park and an eighth place at Brands Hatch.
The 14-year-old, who was the youngest runner in the Ginetta Juniors last season and who up until last year had no racing experience in any shape or form, is now keen to put all that he learned to good use and try and establish himself as a front runner in 2011.
He will compete as part of a two-car Kelvin Jones Motorsport team line-up, with Kelvin Jones' son, Declan, in the sister G40.
“I feel very confident joining Kelvin Jones Motorsport for the new season,” said Paddy, who attends Campbell College, Belfast and who is backed by Cimpina Ltd. “I know Kelvin has a lot of experience with cars and is very professional. It will be good teaming up with his son, Declan too.
“Declan is a very experienced kart racer. Hopefully I can learn some tricks from him and maybe I can help him a little bit too from what I have experienced in 2010 in the Ginetta Junior Championship.
“It wasn't an easy year for me, but step-by-step, with the help of Bradley [Ellis] - who has coached me - I improved. The times kept coming down and I started to get some top-ten finishes and was more and more consistent.
“The last two events of 2010 were especially encouraging. We did a test day at Donington before what was the penultimate meeting of the year there. That gave me a lot of confidence going into the race weekend. I was able to really push and go a little bit harder. I found my feet a little bit. We had very good pace all weekend and then Brands Hatch, which was the next race, we got an eighth place finish. I just carried my confidence on.
“I now feel good about the coming season. There is going to be quite a few new drivers because a lot of those that were in it in 2010 are too old now and have moved on. I will be a step ahead of those new people coming in. It should be positive.