European double-header for Manchester this weekend

Young Jack Manchester will tackle a unique challenge this weekend, by racing in two different sportscars at two of Europe’s top circuits across a single race weekend.

The 18 year old from Surrey, will compete in both the Audi Sport TT Cup races at the Nürburgring in Germany before hot-footing across to Belgium to compete at the Radical Festival event at Spa Francorchamps – on the same day.

Starting off his week in Germany, Jack will compete in the second round of the 2017 Audi Sport TT Cup on the back of an impressive debut at Hockenheim earlier this month. The one-make series now travels to the infamous Nürburgring where it will support the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

Jack and his team will then drive 70-miles across the border to Spa to race the Radical, hoping to fit in the single Saturday afternoon race alongside the two outings on Sunday. The schedule means Manchester will miss Radical qualifying, so will start at the back of the 37-car grid for the first race at Spa.

Acknowledging that he is in for a testing weekend, Jack is determined to make the most out of an experience that few drivers have ever encountered.

“It’s going to be a really good challenge and a chance for me to see where I am as a driver. The TT and the SR3 are so different. One is front-wheel-drive with power steering and ABS, and the SR3 is rear-wheel-drive with no aids and a load of aero. The Radical is so raw, I just love the racing but the Audi Sport TT Cup represents a great career option for me as I can show what I can do in front of a major manufacturer.”

The weekend will see the young driver take on another two new circuits. The size of the task at hand is not lost on Jack, but it is one that he is relishing.

“It was a shame when the calendar's came out, that the Audi Sport TT Cup and Radicals had so many dates that clashed. That said, I wouldn't have thought back then that we'd ever dream of attempting to do both in a single weekend. I can't be accused of doing things the easy way; it'll be my first time at the Nurburgring and my first time at Spa as well. Add in to that, that it's only my second weekend with Audi and the scale of what I'm trying to do becomes quite clear.”

“Whatever happens, it's going to be something else this weekend. There'll be tens of thousands of people trackside at the Nurburgring in a real festival atmosphere so I cannot wait. I'll be getting out of the Audi on Saturday afternoon, getting straight in the car, driving down to Belgium and hopping straight in my Radical at the back of the grid having missed free practice and qualifying. I'll just give it my best shot to drive through the pack if I can."

Head of MB Partners’ Young Driver Academy, Kieren Clark, is looking forward to a busy week working with Jack.

“This week is going to be extremely busy for Jack! To do two races in one weekend is something that is almost unheard of in motorsport in this day and age so it will be quite an experience. It's a real nod to the past where the old school driver could hop in an out of different cars regularly and still perform. Jack is going into the weekend of a clear understanding of what we need to get out of it and I’m sure Jack will have a brilliant time driving on these great tracks.”

Jack’s weekend starts on Thursday with a fifty-minute free practice session at the Nürburgring getting underway at 10:00 am (local time). Two races on Friday and Saturday will complete Jack’s weekend in the Audi Sport TT Cup before he makes his way to Belgium.