Jordan Boys, Elliott Cleary Confirmed for The Racing Academy
Returning for their second year in Trans Am, The Racing Academy have confirmed an exciting driver line-up in Elliott Cleary and Jordan Boys.
Cleary spent a short amount of time in Karting, before transitioning to Formula Ford and then stepping into Trans Am machinery as soon as he was old enough – leading to a Tim Slade fill-in drive for The Racing Academy at last year’s season opening event.
Cleary then made his debut at the second round of the season at Phillip Island. The 17-year-old enjoyed a rapid ascension up the field, qualifying on the front row at Queensland Raceway and earning a maiden podium with a runner-up finish at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst International.
Joining Cleary will be category debutant Jordan Boys, who brings a vast amount of V8 experience to the driver line-up. Boys has previously made starts as a wildcard in Supercars and is a racing winning driver in the Dunlop Series.
In the SpeedSeries sphere, Boys contested the 2023 Australian Drivers’ Championship and Tasman Cup in S5000. The campaign netted Boys seven podium finishes, and second in both the Drivers’ Championship and the Tasman Cup.
The Racing Academy enjoyed a successful first year in the category, with Cleary’s Bathurst podium backed up by five podium finishes from 24-year-old Cody Gillis.
Round one of the 2024 season kicks off from February 9-11 at Sandown Raceway as part of the Shannons SpeedSeries. All the action will be covered live and free on the Seven Network.
“We’re looking to just build on last year, I’ve got a brilliant relationship with all these guys on the team,” said Cleary.
“If we can continue our form from the end of the year, I believe we’ll be in a good position to fight at the front. I really enjoyed it in 2023, the racing was quite intense and to have those names like Moffat – and some of the new drivers coming in – makes it more exciting.
“There are some cool additions to the calendar this year, the final round will be cool and seeing these things on a street circuit I think will be the best event of the year.
“Having raced in the series last year puts us in a much better position than 12 months ago, the learning curve isn’t as steep with most of the track being the same so we can focus more on the speed,” concluded Cleary.
“I’m excited to go racing for the start of the National Trans Am Series with The Racing Academy,” said Boys.
“I’ve been watching the category for a while and wanting to go racing in these cars for a few years, so it’s exciting to have that opportunity now. The racing at the front is always extremely close and it’s entertaining to watch, I can’t wait to get amongst it as a driver.
“Thanks to The Racing Academy, Dynamic Supplies and Joss Group, for making it happen and I’m counting down to that first race at Sandown,” concluded Boys.