Jack Young extends JAS Driver Development deal

Jack Young will remain with the JAS Motorsport Driver Development Programme for a second year, with the Northern Irish racer seeking to build on a solid 2021 campaign.

Young started work with JAS last year on the programme and spent the season competing with the Brutal Fish Racing team in TCR Europe.

Podium finishes at Zandvoort, Nurburging and Monza helped Young to tenth in the championship standings, whilst he also finished in the top three at Misano during a guest outing in TCR Italy.

Whilst Young will once again be at the wheel of a JAS-built Honda Civic Type R this year, the details of which team he will compete for and the series involved has yet to be confirmed.

“Being a JAS Motorsport Development Driver was a huge benefit to me last year, so it’s great to be able to take what I’ve learnt and put it into practice this year, and to continue to learn and develop with the experts here at the team,” he said.

“The biggest gains I made last year were in keeping calm behind the wheel throughout a race distance and in my overall fitness, which was a huge help when we had weekends when the weather conditions were very hot.

“The atmosphere’s been fantastic and there’s certainly been a friendly rivalry because everybody wants to be the best at everything – even when we do push-ups in the gym – but that’s healthy competition. This will all help as I push to do the very best that I can in 2022.

“I’m also delighted to have a very exciting race programme ahead of me this year. I’m looking forward to putting into practice everything I learned last year, which was a critical year for my development and personal growth, with a number of highs and lows, and am absolutely pumped ahead of the new season.”

Young is joined once again on the programme by Matthias Vahtel – who was a podium finisher in TCR Italy last year – as well as programme newcomers Ruben Volt and Marco Iannotta.

Iannotta’s programme for the new campaign has already been confirmed, with a drive in TCR Italy with MM Motorsport.

“I’m very happy to join the JAS Driver Development Programme. It’s my first experience as a driver for an organisation like JAS, which has achieved so much success in motorsport internationally, and very exciting for me,” he said.

“At 24 I’m a bit older than the other DDP drivers, but I’ve never done a full season in racing since I graduated from karting, so we all have a very similar level of experience.

“I’m sure I’ll be a much-improved driver on the track and off it by the end of the year because the team at JAS has so much experience to share, and I can’t wait to just get started and learn as much as I can.”