Renault UK Clio Cup Junior youngsters excel in tricky testing conditions

Pre-season testing ahead of the new Renault UK Clio Cup Junior championship has got under way in the last week with both the JamSport Racing and 20Ten Racing with Pyro teams hitting the track at the Rockingham circuit, despite tough weather conditions.
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Harry Gooding, Bradley Burns and Gus Burton were all in action for JamSport on Sunday as was Max Marzorati with 20Ten/Pyro. Conditions were icy cold throughout with a mixture of snow, sleet and rain to boot!

JamSport driver coach Luke Kidsley, also a regular in the senior Renault UK Clio Cup, commented: “All three of our drivers did incredibly well, particularly given the conditions on a circuit that can be very treacherous when it’s cold and wet.

“The chief aims were to enable the drivers to learn about the tyres and see how they adapted to conditions like those – as a driver coach you can guide them lots but it’s still up top them think outside the box and find where the ideal line is and they all excelled.

“I was also very pleased with how they worked together as a team – sure there’s healthy competition among them but they still helped one another on the feedback and data side of things.”

Marzorati’s in-car tutor for the day was 2010 UK Clio Cup Champion Phil Glew. And enthused the 16-year-old: “Phil’s patience and guidance was extraordinary – I learnt a huge amount on what was my first ever time on a proper car racing circuit.

“The conditions were very tricky but gradually we built speed and the UK Clio Cup Junior car also inspires a lot of confidence in you as a young driver in terms of feeling comfortable when you start pushing in those sorts of conditions. I came away very happy with the lap times we got down to when you compare them to other drivers there with more car racing experience.”

Pics: courtesy of Jakob Ebrey Photography