Ladell has high hopes for 2015

EXPERIENCED TUTOR: Charlie Ladell (left) with three-time former champion and WDE Motorsport team manager Paul Rivett
EXPERIENCED TUTOR: Charlie Ladell (left) with three-time former champion and WDE Motorsport team manager Paul Rivett
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Charlie Ladell is confident on building on an impressive breakthrough season in the Renault UK Clio Cup.

The Bury St Edmunds-based teenager announced himself as one of the most-improved drivers during his first year in the championship, finishing his 2014 campaign just outside the overall top 10, despite only contesting 12 of the 18 races.

And he is gearing up for a big season this time around, as one of three drivers racing for WDE Motorsport in the series which enjoys a big crowds due to being on the undercard of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), which is screened live on ITV4.

“This year my aim is to get as high up as I can,” said former Beyton resident Ladell. “I definitely want to be fighting for race wins from the start this year. Having had that half year experience already gives me a little head start.

“I am definitely more 
confident this year and more comfortable in the car.”

The 18-year-old former County Upper School and Westley Middle School pupil stepped up his preparation for the opening round at his favourite track, Brands Hatch, on April 4, with an encouraging two-day test at Thruxton, Hampshire last month, and cannot wait to get going.

But there will be no race at his local track this year, as Norfolk’s Snetterton has been pulled off the calender this year with the series only following the BTCC on nine of its 10 rounds.

He will be looking to better his best finish of last season, fourth, in the opening race, while he also posted a best Graduate Cup class finish of second during the final race of the year.

The former karting ace will race in the championship, with highlights on ITV4, alongside WDE team manager and three-time former champion Paul Rivett and category rookie Rory Green.