Bury’s Ladell aiming to make his mark on Clio Cup

Charles Ladell (GBR) Team Cooksport Renault Clio Cup
Charles Ladell (GBR) Team Cooksport Renault Clio Cup

Rising motorsport star Charles Ladell is hoping to correct his mistakes from last season as he looks to make his mark on the 2016 Clio Cup.

The Bury St Edmunds driver has announced his return to the Kent-based WDE Motorsport team for the forthcoming campaign.

Ladell, 19, said: “I need to tidy up a few of my mistakes from last season.

“Everyone makes them, but it’s how you learn from them that matters.

“The aim is to get my first-ever podium in the series and carry on being competitive from there.”

Ladell finished fifth overall in the 2015 UK Clio Cup, with four fourth-place results proof of how close he came to an outright podium finish.

The 19-year-old was also second in the Graduates’ category for young drivers in their first full year in the championship (he had previously made his debut in 2014).

He will therefore surely go into the 2016 season as a potential race-winner and even title challenger.

Ladell said: “I’m definitely targeting the top three in the championship and know the areas where I need to improve – a fraction more pace in qualifying, so I’m starting that bit higher up the grid and with better consistency in my results.

“With that, I know the podiums and hopefully even a few wins will start to come, although, as I discovered last year, the UK Clio Cup is massively competitive.

“It really is all down to me.”

WDE team principal Wayne Eason said: “Continuity plays a huge part in achieving the big results so naturally we are delighted to have Charlie joining Rory (Green) with us again for the season ahead.

“Charlie’s speed and aggression last year were very evident – on occasion he even had our triple Champion Paul Rivett looking over his shoulder – and with some nurturing he could very definitely become one of the top names on the grid in 2016.”

Ladell has enjoyed a dramatic rise up the motorsport ladder in a short space of time.

Starting out in karting back in 2006, Ladell made the move into ‘tin top’ car racing in 2011 in the SaxMax Championship – now rebranded the Junior Saloon Car Championship – where he finished seventh overall and was named Rookie of the Year.

Stepping-up into the Vortex Motorsport News Fiesta Junior Championship the following year, he secured a memorable title triumph and, with it, the opportunity to test with leading Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship squad Motorbase Performance.

In 2013, the youngster moved into the senior Fiesta category before joining Westbourne Motorsport for the Renault Clio Autumn Cup.

“I have never looked back since my family first took me karting when I was 13. I was hooked,” admitted Ladell.

“My ultimate dream is to get a place on the British Touring Cars or in British GT.”

The youngster thanked sponsor SHL Maintenance for their continued support.

The Clio Cup begins the first week of April and reaches its conclusion in October.