11/10/2017

“Anyone could still win it!” says championship leader Burton heading to Pembrey

Renault UK Clio Cup Junior leader Gus Burton believes eight drivers are realistically still in with a chance of becoming the category’s first ever Champion.
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Just 23 points cover Burton at the top of the table down to seventh placed Lorcan Hanafin.

Eighth-placed Harry Gooding is 66 off the top but there is a maximum of 136 still to be won – 68 at Pembrey this weekend and an identical amount in next month’s season finale at Brands Hatch.

And said 14-year-old Gus: “There’s the two-dropped-scores rule to think about and Harry could discard the opening two rounds at Snetterton which he didn’t do – if he has strong results at Pembrey and Brands Hatch he could suddenly come right into play.

“My goal at Pembrey though is to beat Max Marzorati and Jack Young and avoid finishing near the back – I still need to be towards the front and score more decent points haul or others could easily sneak in.”

Team Pyro’s Marzorati and MRM’s Young are JamSport driver Young’s closest championship rivals – five points and eight points adrift of him respectively in second and third in the standings.

Marzorati has won two of the opening four rounds, the other victories falling to his team-mate Lorcan Hanafin and another JamSport driver, Ethan Hammerton. And added Gus: “You’d have to say Ethan is also going to be right in there on dropped scores…”

By contrast Gus’s results have been two fourths and two seconds. He continued: “Ideally I want to be on the podium again in both races at Pembrey – preferably inside the top two with a first win!

“But I’d settle for a couple of top two finishes. I’d rather take second than risk throwing away a decent result.”

Gus believes Pembrey’s two Clio Cup Junior races will be just as close as those at Snetterton and Brands Hatch last month.

He predicted: “I’ve never been to Pembrey before but I've watched races and on-board footage on YouTube and it looks relatively straightforward and definitely very fast.

“I did some racing in another junior race category before and there was quite a difference in the cars – in Clio Cup Junior the cars are very even and that enables the driving talent to shine through.

“So it’ll be interesting to see what weather we get at Pembrey at this time of year. If it rains then I feel pretty comfortable in the car on a wet track but with the points still so close it’ll be important not to make any mistakes.

“We’ve seen already how quickly fortunes can change. The big thing this weekend will be coming away still in with a strong chance of the championship going to the final rounds at Brands Hatch in November.”