The AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK heads to Norfolk’s Snetterton 300 circuit where it will take in the new 4.812km track layout for rounds 11 and 12 of the championship this weekend, August 6-7.
Snetterton, near Norwich, presents a high-speed challenge with its extensively revised layout promising high-speed thrills aplenty as competitors in Britain’s premier feeder series to the British Touring Car Championship return from a seven week summer break.
The championship title race is very much alive with four drivers within 17 points of each other at the top of the tree.
Lumison BlueSquare Data / Colin Stancombe Engineering driver Paul Rivett – champion in 2002 and 2004 – comes to Snetterton at the head of the field, after beating rival James Dixon to take the mid-season points lead, and winning the AirAsia luxury trip to Kuala Lumpur for his efforts at the last event at North Yorkshire’s Croft circuit.
Dixon had been level on points with Rivett heading into that weekend, but now coming to Snetterton he sits in third, with 217 points to Rivett’s 224.
“I had a bit of a bad run at Croft,” says Total Control Racing driver, Dixon, “so looking ahead to the Snetterton I am aiming to go out there and claim two pole positions and two race wins. I was very quick there last year, I have been working very hard on my fitness in the summer break and I certainly feel in great condition as the championship battle resumes.”
In between the two sits Team Pyro’s Aron Smith whilst Westbourne Motorsport’s James Coulburn is right in touch too, just 17 points off the lead in fourth.
“I was quickest in testing at Snetterton earlier in the year so I’m hoping to take that into the race weekend as I look for my first win,” said Colburn.
“The new track layout is a challenge for the Clio as it is quite tight in some areas, but I am sure that the changes will make for some great racing.”
Local interest is satisfied by former British Touring Car Championship driver Matt Allison who put in a superb performance at Croft, with pole positions and wins in both races.
“I’m feeling very confident coming to my home race,” said Allison who lives in Drayton, Norwich, and drives for Scuderia Vittoria.
“The new track is very technical and should favour experience. It is a very important weekend for me as most of my sponsors are local to me so I hope to get some strong results. Croft was a really positive weekend for us so I’m hoping for similar on local ground.”
Fans get their very own opportunity to head to Kuala Lumpur thanks to series title sponsor AirAsia, as one competing Clio will be carrying the name of an AirAsia destination on its visor strip. Email this destination to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered into the draw to win two return flights from London Stansted to Kuala Lumpur.
AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK action gets underway on Saturday August 6th with qualifying at 11:40 and race 1 at 17:05. Race 2 takes place on Sunday at 11:15.