Competition winners flying high with AirAsia

This year not only has the Clio Cup UK Championship benefitted from the title sponsorship of AirAsia, Asia’s largest low-fare, no-frills airline and a pioneer of low-cost travel in Asia, but the championship’s fan base has also benefitted from new initiatives that have been put in place for 2011 by new championship promoters Stephane Ratel Organisation.

The third round of the series at Thruxton in May saw AirAsia together with Renault Sport UK launch a flight giveaway competition giving fans of the series the chance to win two return tickets to Kuala Lumpur at every remaining race meeting in 2011.

At each round an AirAsia Renault Clio Cup driver will run with an AirAsia destination on their car and if spotted eagle-eyed fans should email airasiaclio@sro.co.uk to enter the lucky prize draw.

Since the initiative was launched three lucky winners have been selected and sampled the new prize giveaway scheme.

First up at Thruxton our lucky winner was Lauren Taylor, who is coincidentally the girlfriend of championship protagonist Aron Smith, currently placed in second position in the championship standings, just three points adrift of Paul Rivett heading to Snetterton in two weeks time.

“I would like to thank AirAsia for this fantastic opportunity,” said Taylor. “I am absolutely delighted to have won such a brilliant prize”.

Following the thrills and spills at Thruxton the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup moved on to Oulton Park and Croft respectively where fans taking part in the competition were treated to some brilliant bumper-to-bumper action, all shown live on ITV4 thanks to the championship’s television coverage as part of the British Touring Car Championship package.

Chris Pearson from Dunfermline and David Wilkinson from Glasgow were added to the winners roster for the prize meaning that they too will also get a Malaysian stamp on their passports and a trip to its capital city very soon.

“I have never won anything in my life bar the odd £10 on the lottery and a soap dish in a raffle,” said Pearson. “To see the email drop into my inbox was a moment of disbelief. After I had read it 5 times it sunk in that I had actually won. It couldn’t have come at a better time either and a holiday is just what I need. I can’t thank AirAsia and Renault Sport UK enough for this fantastic opportunity.”

Wilkinson was similarly happy. “Winning the competition was a great way to end a fantastic weekend at the BTCC,” he said.

“Being a student (on a small budget) makes the competition win even better as it is not every day you get the chance to visit the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur and its surroundings. I would like to thank AirAsia and Renault Sport UK for the fantastic racing they supply us with and the opportunity to win great prize’s.”

For the latest information on the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup Championship and its prize giveaways follow our every move on the Clio Cup Facebook page.

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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