Alford racer Phil Glew sets his sights in Clio Cup Champion title

Tuesday - FOLLOWING his successful 2008 debut in both Clio Cup and front wheel drive Tothill driver Phil Glew has his sights set on becoming the 2009 Clio Cup Champion with team Pyro.

Glew, from Tothill near Alford, began karting at the age of eight and followed the single seater career path of many young racing stars.

Glew had substantial success in all categories including his part season in the 2003 Formula Renault Series where he enjoyed close racing with Lewis Hamilton.

Glew progressed to Formula BMW in 2004 narrowly missing out on the title following 10 podium finishes and leading the championship from start to finish.

Following an excellent season running at the front of the British GT field, Glew, like many young drivers, found it increasingly difficult to fund his racing career. Clio Cup team Full Speed Racing made Glew an offer to race for them in 2008. Glew embraced the challenge and to the amazement of the other drivers he took a podium finish in the first race of the year.

Glew embarked on a steep learning curve finishing on the podium on many occasions during the season and making a name for himself in the prestigious single make series by finishing third overall.

Glew said: "I have high hopes for the 2009 season and I am extremely happy to be heading team Pyro's pursuit for a second championship victory. I feel confident in my ability and know I have the best car in the field plus the full support of my sponsors."