His stepfather, Julian Bailey, is a former Formula 1 driver and the young man himself is eager to succeed in racing too. Of course, we are talking about Jack Clarke. The young British race driver drove in Formula 2 during 2009 and would love to drive another season in that wonderful racing series to climb up the ladder of motorsport towards Formula 1. RacingInside.com spoke with Jack Clarke in an exclusive interview.
Jack, you are a talented British driver and some of our visitors will know who you are. But could you please give a short introduction about yourself to the visitors that do not know you?
My name is Jack Clarke and I am 21 years old. I come from a family of motorsport, my stepfather is ex-Formula One driver Julian Bailey. Last year I raced in Formula Two and this year I hope to do the same. My passion is racing and I love every second that I’m in a racing car!
How did you get involved in racing? Have you always wanted to become a racedriver yourself and did your parents always support you? Which role has your stepfather, former Formula 1 driver Julian Bailey, in this story?
My stepfather bought me a go-kart when I was eight years old. I have always pushed myself to go further and that has been made easier with the constant support of my parents.
Did you start your career, like many other drivers, in karting? Do you think karting will be an essential step in the career of a race driver?
Although I had a kart at a young age, I only did two years karting at National Level. I think karting is important for young drivers to learn race craft, however driving a car is a completely different discipline. The reason I didn’t compete in karting at a younger age was because my parents didn’t want to push me too early.
You have raced in different cars throughout the years. Formula BMW and Formula Palmer Audi are some of the series you drove. And you drove Formula 2 in 2009. What are the main differences between all those cars you have raced in? Which car, do you think, is the most exciting to drive?
I have enjoyed every racing car I’ve driven. They all have different characteristics. With each step I’ve made, both the power and speed increases. The fastest car I’ve driven is the Formula Two car and I have to say I really enjoy the speed and the cornering of it.
What are your plans for the 2010 season?
Having taken a year of experience in the Formula Two championship in 2009, I’d like to go into this year as a Formula Two driver with the advantage of more experience and confidence.
If you take a look at your future, what will the future bring to you then? Are there special targets that have to be accomplished during your career?
Of course I want to focus on winning and if I can perform to the best of my ability then I believe the rest will follow. However, luck and money both play a big part in any driver’s career.
If you could change your life with another racedriver for just one day, who will be the one you are changing with?
I wouldn’t change my life with anyone else, but for the sake of the question I’d go back in and swap with Ayrton Senna.
Although the racedriver is the one that really scores the results, there are always a lot of people on the background that also have a big influence on the results and career of a racedriver (sponsors, mechanics etc.). Is there a special person in your career that you would like to thank, and why is that person special to you?
I have a huge support team behind me and I couldn’t possibly thank just one person.
Many people think that the life of a racedriver is all fun and just a dream. But if you take a look to the ‘inside’ of racing, what is the hardest part of being a race driver?
Raising sponsorship is always very hard, especially with the current economic climate.
What would you like to say to everyone that is dreaming of a career in racing?
I believe nothing is impossible. My stepfather is a good example of someone who came from having nothing but the dream of reaching Formula One, and succeeding. As for me, I’ve already learnt so much from pursuing my career in racing and as much as I can’t guarantee success, I know I deserve it. I think anyone who wants to follow their dream can strive for this.