Dixon wins disciplined race at Oulton

otal Control Racing’s James Dixon took a pole to chequered flag victory in a fast and exceedingly well behaved first AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK race of the weekend at Oulton Park today.

Whilst Dixon made a strong start, and did not relinquish the lead for the 12 lap race, his team-mate Tom Grice made a shocker of a getaway, dropping two places away due to his tardy getaway.

“I managed to get a brilliant start off the line and unfortunately Tom didn’t,” said Dixon. “After that I knew that it was all about being consistent with my lap times at the front. James made a really good start and in the middle of the race he let me know that he was right on my bumper looking for a win.

“I’m delighted to earn this victory for myself and Total Control Racing and dedicate this to Graham Pearce who sadly passed away recently.”

Grice’s slow start gave Westbourne Motorsport’s James Colburn an opportunity he wouldn’t turn down as who went from fourth to second, a position he would retain for the race.

“I got an amazing start off the line and managed to overtake three cars going into Old Hall,” beamed Colburn. “From the start I felt that I had the pace to push James for the win but at mid distance my tyres started to drop off and I knew that he couldn’t be caught. I’m delighted to take second position from a fifth place start.”

Third went to third-starting Jack Goff. “I’m really pleased with this afternoon’s result as it adds to my podium results earlier on in the season,” gushed Goff.

“I felt that I had good race pace and managed to keep up with the front runners for most of the race. I’m starting from third place once again tomorrow and I expect to get the same result again for the team”.

Qualifying earlier on Saturday had seen Dixon take a double pole, with two-time champion Rivett starting alongside him for tomorrow’s race.

The AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK at Oulton Park concludes with round eight at 15:10 tomorrow. It can be seen live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD. The telecast gives fans of the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK the chance to win two return flights to Kuala Lumpur thanks to title sponsor, AirAsia.

One car this weekend is running with an AirAsia destination on its windscreen visor, rather than the usual AirAsia branding. Eagle-eyed spotters should email which car it is to airasiaclio@sro.co.uk for the chance to win the flights.

Tomorrow, as well as round eight of the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK, players from Sales Sharks Rugby Club will scrum against a Clio Renaultsport timed over a set distance, trying to beat a time set by a scrum of former Clio Cup champions, all of which will be filmed by ITV4.

Round seven top ten results

1. James Dixon Total Control Racing 12 laps G
2. James Colburn Westbourne Motorsport +0.849s G
3. Jack Goff Team Pyro +1.659s G
4. Tom Grice Team Pyro +2.693s G
5. Paul Rivett Lumison BlueSquare Data / Stancombe Vehicle Engineering +3.331s
6. Aron Smith Team Pyro +3.515s G
7. Matt Allison Scuderia Vittoria +3.931s G
8. Adam Bonham Team Pyro +5.254s G
9. Josh Files Team Pyro +7.133s G
10. Jake Packun Get On Track Developments +7.525s G

Round eight top ten qualifying times

1. James Dixon Total Control Racing 1:35.954s
2. Paul Rivett Lumison BlueSquare/SVE 1:36.077s
3. Jack Goff Team Pyro 1:36.108s
4. James Colburn Westbourne Motorsport 1:36.122s
5. Aron Smith Team Pyro 1:36.175s
6. Tom Grice Total Control Racing 1:36.212s
7. Matt Alison Scuderia Vittoria 1:36.223s
8. Josh Files Team Pyro 1:36.385s
9. Adam Bonham Team Pyro 1:36.412s
10. Craig Currie Team Pyro 1:36.736s

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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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