Honda has clinched five drivers'
championships, four constructors' crowns and six teams' titles over the past decade and as the manufacturer looks to sustain its superb record of success over the coming years, it is preparing for the next era.
To that end, Honda Yuasa Racing has established its first Driver Development Programme, recruiting Clarke as a test-driver and brand ambassador. The Surrey-based star competed in the BTCC as a rookie in 2014, catching the eye with a podium finish in the final race at Brands Hatch, although budgetary issues have forced him to sit out the current campaign.
"We are delighted to be unveiling the Honda Yuasa Racing Driver Development Programme and in Jack Clarke, we are confident we have a real touring car star of the future on our hands," said Philip Crossman, Managing Director, Honda UK.
Clarke added, "It's a tremendous honour to be joining the Honda Yuasa Racing Driver Development Programme. I hugely enjoyed my maiden season in the BTCC, and although we were sadly unable to return to the grid this year, I always made it clear that my touring car ambitions were far from over."