Lucky BTCC would-be spectator Mark Gibbons is set to race in rounds 13&14 of the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup this weekend after entering a competition to win a drive-of-a-lifetime as part of Rockingham’s tenth anniversary celebrations.
The 38 year-old from Northwood, Middlesex who is no stranger to racing, beat nine other contestants following a day of intense assessment at The Racing School at Rockingham circuit, and will now go head-to-head with some of the UK’s most promising drivers as they look to achieve their dream of racing in the British Touring Car Championship.
The ten contestants were assessed on their driving potential throughout the day by facing a series of tasks that included racing a Mini Cooper S, feeling the full force of an Australian V8 supercar, testing out their skills in a V1 Championship simulator and being put through their paces on the circuit’s wet grip facility in an Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
The experienced driver panel consisting of double British Touring Car Champion Chris Hodgetts, former BTCC racer and Clio Cup Champion Danny Buxton, Darren Burke and Stefan Hodgetts then cut their list down to three potential drivers, where they were assessed on their ability in a road-going Renault Sport Clio Cup car around the International Super Sportscar circuit, and as the final scores came in, Gibbons was announced the winner.
“This is a fantastic chance for me,” said Gibbons who previously raced in the Clio Cup back in 1994 against the likes of 1995 Renault Clio Champion and Total Control Racing team owner Lee Brookes. “It’s a great opportunity to be racing in the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup this weekend in front of so many people and to be representing Rockingham and The Racing School. I am determined to give this opportunity my best shot.”