Finesse, Ladell & Zelos all looking for big results on home ground at Snetterton

The phrase ‘home advantage’ can often be a myth in any sport but, after an opportunity to re-charge the batteries in the mid-season break, at least three names on the Renault UK Clio Cup grid are hoping for big results in their own back yard at Snetterton this weekend (Sat 30-Sun 31 July).
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After winning the season’s opening round with its star driver Paul Streather, Wisbech-based Finesse Motorsport has suffered some frustrations since. Thruxton has never been to Streather’s liking while ill health hampered his performances at Oulton Park and again at Croft.

He arrives at Snetterton sixth in the standings and his team boss Neil Giddings is determined to see the Finesse name back up on the UK Clio Cup podium.

“We can’t wait to be back racing after the long break and we’re all targeting some big results”, he commented.

“You always want to do well at your home track, and we’re confident we can, but we know qualifying is going to be the most important part of the weekend. If we can get on the first two or three rows then we know podiums can be on the cards.”

Bury St Edmunds’s Ladell, driving for the WDE Motorsport outfit, is seventh in the table thanks to six top-five finishes in the ten races to date.

He said: “Apart from Thruxton we’ve been very close to the ultimate pace everywhere and, after a nice holiday, I’m raring to go at Snetterton.

“It’s where we did some very thorough pre-season testing and the results were very good. Hopefully we can carry over some of what we learnt into this weekend although the weather conditions are bound to be different.

“Obviously there was that first podium result with third place at Donington Park in April and I feel we’ve come quite close to repeating that since so it’d be great to finally get back up there at, of all places, Snetterton in front of my home crowd.”

For Ciceley Motorsport’s Zelos, 23rd in the championship is not representative of the stunning pace he has shown on occasion – particularly in qualifying.

The 18-year-old from Dereham said: “Unfortunately I have got caught up in a few scrapes in the races but, having analysed them, the odds of coming off second best in each one has been about 100-1! I’ve just been unlucky but until we’ve really studied things it has preyed on my mind – leading me to over-think things and knocking my confidence a bit.

“Now I’ve come up with a different strategy with my team which hopefully will mean I’m a lot more focused and assertive in a race situation. As I’ve said before I’m in this for the long haul so it’s all part of the learning curve.

“In my opinion racing at home does have its advantages. Not in terms of track knowledge – I’ve never actually been round Snetterton yet in the UK Clio Cup car! It’s the fact you have more people supporting you – some drivers find that an added pressure whereas I think it can have a positive effect.”

Snetterton this weekend will also mark Cambridge racer Shayne Deegan’s debut in the UK Clio Cup with the Team Cooksport squad.