Talking point: Four drivers for whom Rockingham’s UK Clio Cup rounds have extra meaning

For Luke Kidsley, Josh Price, George Jackson and Rory Collingbourne, Rockingham this weekend marks 12 months since each made a name for themselves in the Renault UK Clio Cup for a variety of reasons.
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Firstly it was at the Northants circuit last year that both Kidsley and Price made their debuts in the championship – each impressing with their immediate pace.

Twelve months on Kidsley, like his JamSport squad from nearby Northampton, arrives at his home circuit off the back of his first podium result in the championship – a second place at Snetterton – and brimming with confidence.

“For me the result last time at Snetterton is a massive confidence boost,” said Kidsley.  “I’d be lying if I said everything up to then had been great but I’ve not felt this happy in a long time.

“I am genuinely buzzing for Rockingham a year on from my debut there. The feedback since Snetterton has been overwhelming but a lot of it is down to JamSport – I’ve worked with a lot of excellent people down the years but never seen any one group of people be as tenacious as this.”

Rockingham 2015 saw Price make his first appearance in the championship aged just 16! He has since gone on to three outright podium results (second and third at Thruxton plus third at Croft where he led briefly). Like Kidsley, he is a potential race-winner this weekend…

For the record Price arrives at Rockingham ninth in the drivers’ standings and embroiled in a close-fought scrap for seventh overall with fellow potential first-time race-winners WDE’s Charles Ladell and Pyro team-mate Senna Proctor. He is also third, behind Proctor and Ciceley’s Max Coates, in the Graduates Cup for young first-year drivers. Kidsley meanwhile is not a million miles behind in 12th...

For Cooksport’s Collingbourne and former team-mate Jackson (who has just rejoined his former squad JamSport) this event 12 months ago resulted in the best results of their UK Clio Cup careers to date as each took a fourth-place finish. Jackson’s came after an intense scrap with title protagonist Ash Hand. He arrives at Rockingham 14th in the standings, a mere ten points ahead of Collingbourne in 15th!

Above all it will be fascinating to see if our ‘fab four’ can better their results from last year on a circuit each clearly enjoys…

CLICK HERE to see the full drivers' standings heading to Rockingham