Renault Clio racers Brett Lidsey (Dartford) and John Creasey (Lincoln) will proudly fly the flag for the Michelin Clio Cup Race Series and Road Series at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend, 4th/5th October, as part of the Classic Touring Car Championship’s visit to the famous Belgian track.
Joining an impressive bill which includes the Supercar Challenge, the Benelux Clio Cup and Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Junior, the two Renault Clio racers are relishing the prospect of competing at Spa for the first time and also showcasing the burgeoning Michelin Clio Cup Series.
Running in the Thunder Invitation Class, both Lidsey and Creasey will join an eclectic grid of cars in the BARC [British Automobile Racing Club] administered Classic Touring Car Championship which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Lidsey, who finished eighth overall in the Race Series this season with one podium and three other results inside the top six, will pilot his regular 2.0-litre normally aspirated third generation racing Clio Cup car and is thrilled to have the chance to compete at Spa.
“I did actually have an opportunity to race with SV [Racing] in the Renault UK Clio Cup at Brands Hatch next weekend, but I don’t think I’m ready for that yet”, commented Lidsey, “Then, this opportunity came up to race in our Clio at Spa so we wanted to take it – I want to get as much seat time as I can and to go to Spa for the first time will be great.
“By 2016 I want to attack the Renault UK Clio Cup, so next year we want to do another year in the Clio Cup Series to prepare for that properly. Since moving to 20Ten Racing we’ve been faster and getting better, I don’t want to lose what we’ve built up by being out of the car too long. Spa’s a great chance to have some more track time at a really fantastic circuit.”
Creasey, who was a guest at Silverstone last Sunday for the British Touring Car Championship event where he was presented with his champion’s trophy for winning the inaugural Road Series Sport Class title, will drive his race-converted Paint Perfect Motorsport Clio Renaultsport 197 roadcar.
“The offer of going to Spa this weekend is an amazing opportunity, not only to race at one of the most famous circuits in the world but also to represent the Michelin Clio Cup Series in another country as the newly crowned Road Series Sport Class Champion”, said Creasey, “It’s also a great way to give all my loyal sponsors extra exposure as a thank you for their continuing support.
“My first season in motorsport has far exceeded all expectations. With the hard work of my team, and especially my chief technician Mark Waby of MWT Automotive, we have collected many good results and valuable experience along the way.”
Creasey added: “That will now stand us in good stead to mount a serious challenge for the Road Series championship title in 2015. I would highly recommend the Road Series to anyone looking to start out in motorsport or progress up the ladder – hopefully we can have a good run at Spa.”
Along with headline sponsors Michelin and Protyre, the Clio Cup Series is additionally supported by Ferodo and Safety Devices.