The stars and cars of Britain’s premier one make motor racing championship – the AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup – are now just over a week away from arriving in Northamptonshire for back to back race weekends that will play a crucial role in the outcome of this year’s thrilling title battle.
Two races at the US oval-style Rockingham track near Corby on Sunday 23 September will be followed by two more just 40 miles away at the world famous British Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit of Silverstone near Towcester on Sunday 7 October.
The events – the sixth and seventh of the eight round championship trail – will have a major bearing on who is eventually crowned Champion for only two more races on Kent’s Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit will then remain (Sat 20 & Sun 21 Oct).
Leading the points table arriving at Rockingham is Team Pyro’s Jack Goff, hunting his first championship title. But the Buckinghamshire ace is only marginally ahead of triple Clio Cup champion Paul Rivett. The Per Hire/Stancombe Vehicle Engineering driver could well become the first British sportsman to win titles in the same year on track and on sea as the Sea-Doo Challenge season reaches its finale this weekend.
Lying third is Kent’s James Dixon – having secured a strong second place finish at Snetterton, the title contender knows how important it will be for his Scuderia Vittoria Clio to be on top form at Rockingham.
Fourth-placed Josh Files and Adam Bonham are also close behind for Team Pyro. Kibworth’s Bonham will be in action in front of his home crowd at Rockingham.
Similarly, Spalding’s Aaron Williamson, Wisbech’s Jake Giddings and Market Harborough’s Ronnie Klos will be looking for plenty of local support.
But with several drivers still in with a mathematical chance of becoming Champion, the outcome is far from predictable.
It’s the same story for the Rookie Cup and ELF Masters Trophy; there are still plenty of points to play for as the championship battles continue.
Rockingham’s event includes the Clio’s qualifying session on Saturday (22 Sept) as well as the championship’s two races on the Sunday (23 Sept). Furthermore its lay-out – mixing its oval and infield tracks – enables fans to see the whole lap unfold beneath them from the vast grandstands that line the start-finish straight and banked first bend.
A full set of timing results and championship standings can be found here: www.tsl-timing.com
For further information please visit: http://www.renaultsport.co.uk/championships/cliocup/Default.aspx
Press images of the Renault Clio Cup UK can be downloaded from: www.jakobebrey.com/renault