16/11/2017

Leaders Young & Marzorati facing grid penalties in Brands Hatch finale

Renault UK Clio Cup Junior leaders Jack Young and Max Marzorati are wary that grid penalties could affect their chances in this weekend’s Brands Hatch title decider.
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Both will drop two places on race one’s starting grid after picking up penalties in the championship’s most recent round at Pembrey where they tussled for the win.

MRM’s Young leads Team Pyro’s Marzorati at the top of the table by a mere four points with JamSport’s Ethan Hammerton a further 16 adrift.

Hammerton though closes to within just six points of Marzorati who takes over at the top when the championship’s two-dropped-scores rule is currently applied. Young falls to second, three points behind Marzorati…

Young, who took a first and second in Pembrey’s most recent two rounds, commented: “We got the car working the best it’s been so far at Pembrey and we learnt a lot from the two races at Brands Hatch in September that we can put to good use this weekend.

“The two-place drop on race one’s grid isn’t ideal but I don’t think it’ll be the single deciding factor.”

And said Marzorati, who has won three of the six races so far: “Jack and I have had some exciting races together so far and I expect it’ll be the same this weekend. The grid penalty hurts a bit but I’m sure there’s going to be more to it than that!

“There are a few other drivers I’d expect to mix things up a bit, particularly my team-mate Lorcan Hanafin who was very strong at Brands last time out.”

Hammerton meanwhile believes he has a strong chance of overcoming Young and Marzorati and stealing the crown at the last – the Champion will win a free registration into the senior Renault UK Clio Cup.

“I really need to qualify as high up as possible to put as many people between me and those two for race one,” explained Hammerton who also has a race win to his name.

He added: “On saying that a lot of it can come down to the starts, plus with the title in mind it’ll also be down to keeping your cool and performing when it matters most. We really had the car working well at Pembrey and I feel we have just as strong a chance as Max and Jack.”