27/04/2018

New names to the fore as Clio Cup Junior season begins

The opening rounds of 2018’s Renault UK Clio Cup Junior championship have produced two new winners in Nic Reeve and Gus Burton.
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The category, for drivers aged 14 to 17 years old in 100mph versions of the Clio Cup race car, got its new season under way at Silverstone in March.

 

Ultimately the Champion will win a free registration into the senior Renault UK Clio Cup which races at the British Touring Car Championship’s high profile events – a prize worth over £18,000…

 

On Silverstone’s short National circuit configuration, 15-year-old Nic from Romford took two pole positions and two victories to cap a remarkable debut for him and the Rochester based Specialized Motorsport team.

 

The first of his two wins though came only after a race-long struggle against the more experienced Gus and next time out at Rockingham it was the latter who proved the dominant force in his car – prepared by Leicestershire squad Team Pyro.

 

Indeed at Rockingham, Gus, also 15 and from Colchester, became the first driver in Clio Cup Junior history to achieve the clean sweep of two poles, two wins and two fastest laps – results that have moved him to the top of the points table as the championship takes a lengthy three month break before its next rounds at Donington Park in mid-July.

 

The reason for that gap is to allow the young drivers a chance to study for and sit their examinations at school!

Reflecting on his Rockingham results, Gus, who is raising money for the ‘Sparkle Malawi’ charity through his racing, said: “The weekend couldn’t have gone any better – two maximum scores and also my first two wins in Clio Cup Junior.

 

“Nic made me work for it at the start of race one but I always felt I was faster so when he left the door open on lap two I didn’t need a second invitation.

“Coming away I’m feeling pretty good. We’re into the championship lead now and I’m confident we can keep this great pace going.”

 

The championship is not just about these two, however: Gus’s team-mate Lorcan Hanafin (Guiseley) and JamSport Racing’s Louis Doyle (Mawdesley) have also been on the podium at both events while Jamie-Lea Hawley (Widnes) – the first female driver in the series with the Finsport team – has also shown some rapid pace.

 

CLICK HERE for latest points positions.