BRITISH RACING ROYALTY JOINS FDSR The son of two-time British Touring Car Champion John Cleland has joined the Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing crew as Karl Reindler's second mechanic. Jamie, who raced in the UK Renault Clio Cup whilst preparing his...
BRITISH RACING ROYALTY JOINS FDSR
The son of two-time British Touring Car Champion John Cleland has joined the Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing crew as Karl Reindler's second mechanic.
Jamie, who raced in the UK Renault Clio Cup whilst preparing his own car, had a V8 baptism of fire at Phillip Island when he had to change an engine on his second day.
Reindler, who will start tomorrow's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from 22nd, says the 23-year-old has slotted right in.
Cleland senior drove for BJR in 2001, when he and Brad Jones finished second at Bathurst, 2002, 2003 and 2004 when he had the infamous crash with Jason Plato in the HRT.
The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 starts tomorrow at 10.30am.
Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing
"It's great to have Jamie on the team. He's had quite a serious motorsport background and he's just slotted into the team so well. To jump in mid-season is tough in any championship but he's been hands on from the beginning.
"I felt so sorry for him at Phillip Island; on his second day on the job he had to do an engine change and everything that could go wrong did. He was thrown in the deep end and coped well; he shone."
Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing #2 Mechanic
"I came over for the 2002 enduros and fell in love with the place; the whole Australian and V8 Supercar scene. Kim came to the UK at Christmas and said I should come and ask him about a job after I'd finished college; so I did.
"It was supposed to be until the end of the year but I reckon I could end up staying here because I love the team. It's a really good feeling here; a family atmosphere. Also, FDSR is a really good crew to work on. I've got to thank them all, because they're really switched on.
"Dad will be up at 3am in Scotland, looking for me on the spike. It was invaluable having him around when I was racing; he'd tell me when I was doing things right but kicked my arse for all the things I did wrong!
"I'd love to see dad in one of these cars again, as long as it wasn't my car! I would have to go and hide in the back of the shed if he ever got behind the wheel of that!"