James Nutbrown, 20, British nationality but living in Javea, is an up and coming, promising driver, who started racing saloon cars when he was only 14 in the junior T car championship.
James came about racing after impressing various people including Jonathon Palmer, who jump-started his career. From T-Cars, James, went on to win several novice awards within the Junior Rotax Karting and came 6th in the South West championship with a 30 Kart grid. In 2010 he finished 3rd in his rooky season in the single seater Autosport Young Guns Championship. In 2011, James proceeded to race in the Intersteps BMW single seaters. In this very elite championship for the champions of champions, including the Karting world champion, the European champion, the BARC Renault champion etc, James, proved he had the pace and was quicker than the front-runners on many occasions.
Last year, James took a break from racing due to a lack of sponsorship, but he spent the year focused on his racing techniques and physical abilities to prepare himself for years of racing ahead of him. James’s ambition was to compete in formula 1, but the cost to sponsors to get that far is millions of Euros. Therefore this year James has decided to compete in the Renault Clio Cup championship. This series supports the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), and is regarded as the feeder class into BTCC, which boasts a very large viewing audience, with both spectators, which can be expected in the region of 50,000 at each event and live TV coverage on English TV 4. Late testing last year, James impressed Team Pryo (who were the 2012 champions), so much so that they invited him to race for them.
South Midlands Communications stepped forward this year with sponsorship for pre-season testing and to stat of his racing campaign in the Renault Clio Cup.
South Midland Communications, based in Southampton UK, was established in 1958 and specialises in antenna support masts and radio communications. SMC are recognised globally as a specialised communications company. SMC have invested over a million Euros into the Javea economy over the last 2 years.
James started this year’s championship at a very cold and snowy Brands Hatch in March and within the first few laps of qualifying everyone knew that this was going to be an exciting tournament, James came an impressive 0.80 of a second off pole, however due to a very tight 23 car packed grid he unbelievably qualified towards the back for his first races. He showed his skills and kept his car on the track and made up 6 places in the 1st race finishing in 14th and in the second round from 21st to 16th, although he didn’t make the top ten here he certainly showed off his driving skills to everyone that watched him and he proved that he could race, and race very well, leaving him in 15th position overall in the championship.
Round 2 at Donington Park saw James leapfrogging into 10th place in the Renault Clio Cup 2013 Championship, now with 24 cars on the grid. His 1st race, he finished a very respectable 6th, ahead of the championship leader in the 3rd round, James Colburn. The second race was even more action packed, with numerous incidents. During the race, James got caught up in several accidents which placed him in 20th place at one point; however through pure determination and seizing opportunity’s he managed to finish the race in a well deserved 11th place and set the 4th fastest lap time outpacing some extremely experienced saloon car racers.
The last two rounds has taken place at Thruxton on May 4th and 5th. James is exceptionally proud to be promoting Javea with the official Xabia logo on his car together with the Spanish and British flags and has the full support of the Javea’s Town Mayor,Señor Chulvi, together with the support from the Costa Blanca News, who is going to keep you up to date with his progress this season. You can also watch James compete in round 6 at Thruxton live on ITV 4 at 13.42 (European time) on Sunday 5th May.
To finish this year’s championship James is still desperately seeking sponsorship, so if you would like an exciting opportunity to sponsor this extremely talented individual please contact James directly via his website and he can forward you the pdf package showing the many benefits that sponsors can enjoy. www.jamesnutbrownracing.com.
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