Colburn leads the way at Snetterton test

Westbourne Motorsport’s James Colburn led the way at the official test for the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK at the new configuration Snetterton 300 in Norfolk today.

Colburn, who only drove in three of today’s practice sessions, set a 2min 08.808secs at the 2.97 mile track to go almost half a second than his nearest rival, Get On Track Developments’ Jake Packun.

“It was good to get to grips with the new layout,” said Colburn. “I’ve tested here before but it’s a layout that takes time to learn. There are corners which are pretty difficult in a front wheel drive car, especially through Coram and into Murrays where the rear is very light. I think it’s going to be very interesting when we visit Snetterton in August.”

Colburn will be enjoying an activity of a different kind this weekend as he visits Westfield Shopping Centre in London as a guest of Clio Cup title sponsor, AirAsia, where he will meet shoppers and participate in a simulator head-to-head contest on Sunday afternoon from 14:00, with his car on display from Friday. “I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

 Round four of the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK takes place at Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit on June 4-5.

 Best overall times from four test sessions today
 
1. James Colburn Westbourne Motorsport 2:08.808s G
2. Jake Packun Get On Track Developments 2:09.264s G
3. Josh Files Team Pyro 2:09.267s G
4. Chris Swanwick Team Pyro 2:09.346s G
5.  Paul Rivett Lumison BlueSquare Data/SVE 2:09.363s
6. Adam Bonham Team Pyro 2:09.456s G
7. Neb Bursac 20Ten Racing Limited 2:09.893s
8. Mark Proctor TCR Racing 2:09.991s M
9. Darren Wilson 20Ten Racing Limited 2:10.061s M
10. Nicolas Hamilton TCR Racing 2:10.468s G

About AirAsia Clio Cup

Each season drivers come from around the United Kingdom and internationally to compete in the thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing that the Renault Clio Cup demands. The Championship continues to be the UK’s premier one-make saloon-car championship. Using race cars based on the road-going Clio Renault Sport 200, the Championship continues to be a breeding ground for future Touring Car drivers. As a prominent support race on the British Touring Car Championship platform and benefiting from live, comprehensive and new for 2011, HD TV coverage on the ITV sport network, it remains the most direct link to the BTCC. Almost one third of the current BTCC grid graduated from the ranks of Renault Clio Cup UK http://www.renaultsport.co.uk/championships/cliocup/Default.aspx
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