AirAsia Renault Clio Cup comes to Croft

The AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK heads to North Yorkshire’s Croft circuit this weekend with a luxury break up for grabs for the championship leader at the end of the race meeting and a prize of two flights to Kuala Lumpur for a lucky fan too.

Croft, near Darlington, is the location for rounds 9 and 10 of the ever popular Clio Cup, featuring a mixture of hard charging young guns eager to prove their worth to the watching British Touring Car Championship teams, and experienced Clio Cup wheelsmiths.

New title sponsor AirAsia is supporting the Clio Cup with a raft of initiatives, including the prize of a luxury break for four, which was to be awarded to the points leader at the mid-way point of the season.

Dramatically, at Oulton Park last time out, Lumison BlueSquare Data / Stancombe Vehicle Engineering’s Paul Rivett and Total Control Racing’s James Dixon ended the weekend tied on 197 points, with the holiday prize carried to Croft.

Dixon, who has taken three wins this year to Rivett’s two, had the better weekend last time out at Oulton Park,Cheshire, in what was a very difficult weekend for both teams and drivers due to adverse weather conditions.

The 21 year-old man from Stockbury, Kent, came away having closed the championship gap by 21 points, with two pole positions, along with a first and third placing allowing him to lead the championship on the amount of races won so far this season.

“I’m very much looking forward to racing this weekend,” said Dixon. “Last year I wasn’t fantastic there but I know that I need to go there this weekend and be at the front. I have full confidence in myself and the team heading into this weekend.”

This will be no easy task however, as the most successful driver in the history of the championship is looking to added to his tally of two previous Clio Cup championship wins.

“Croft is a track that I have done very well at in the past,” said Rivett. “I first drove here in 1999 and I have also won here in the past racing in this championship. I am very confident for the weekend ahead and really want to win this holiday for my sponsors.”

Another driver to watch this weekend is Team Pyro’s Aron Smith who has had an incredible two race meetings previous to Croft, dominating the Thruxton race weekend with two first places and carrying that momentum onto Oulton Park gaining a second and sixth in difficult conditions. He now lies in third position in the standings just 15 points adrift of the top of the table.

Also showing that they are forces to be reckoned with in the championship race is Team Pyro’s Jack Goff who took his first ever win in the series at Oulton Park to add to his previous podium positions earlier on this year, as well as Westbourne Motorsport’s James Colburn who is growing more and more as racing driver by the day.

It’s not only the driver with the most points on the board at the end of the weekend who will head to Kuala Lumpur, as James Dixon’s Clio will be carrying the name of an AirAsia destination on its visor strip. Fans should email this destination to airasiaclio@sro.co.uk to be entered into the draw to win two return flights from London Stansted to Kuala Lumpur.

Rounds 9 & 10 of the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup take place on June 18th and 19th, with qualifying and the first race of the weekend taking place on Saturday and race two – which is broadcast live on ITV4 – taking place at 15:20.

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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