Cross Channel Challenge: Wright in a class of his own at Silverstone

Luke Wright (Scuderia Vittoria) takes his second win Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK driver Luke Wright was quite literally in a class of his own in front of a bumper crowd of over 120,000 people at Silverstone at the weekend as the Scuderia Vittoria driver dominated proceedings in the Renault Clio Cup Channel Challenge, with two poles and two race wins.

Wright, currently in twelfth position in the AirAsia championship standings, went up against drivers from the Dutch Clio Cup Championship and not only won the Channel Challenge – open to non-Dutch championship entered competitors – but also the overall poles and races. The races were run on the bill of the British round of the World Series by Renault.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” explained 19 year-old Wright from Shaftesbury, Dorset.

“We were very quick in testing on Friday and from that point I knew that we could go quicker throughout the weekend. To get two wins at the World Series by Renault event is just incredible and I’m feeling very confident looking ahead to Rockingham.”

Wright took pole for both races in a combined qualifying session on Friday and then went on to notch-up a race win apiece on Saturday and Sunday, winning £500 per race as the ELF Graduate Cup winner.

Two further non-Dutch championship competitors took part in this weekend’s Clio racing with Jeff Smith racing for UK championship Team Pyro and Simon Belcher in action for new team Handy Motorsport with Karcher.

Smith finished fourth overall in race one and third overall in race two, both times winning the ELF Masters Cup and the £500 which came with that honour.

“It was fantastic to see a driver from the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK perform so well against a field of talented Dutch competitors,” said SRO UK General Manager, Lisa Crampton. “We owe thanks to ELF, Michelin and Protyre for supporting us in the Renault Clio Cup Channel Challenge at what has been a fantastic event showcasing Renault racing talent in a fabulous weekend of activities.”

AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK championship action resumes in four weeks’ time at Corby’s Rockingham race track for rounds thirteen and fourteen on September 17-18.

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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