From the wedding aisle to the starting grid – Rowbottom hoping marriage makes him faster

Daniel Rowbottom has contested his final race in the Renault UK Clio Cup… as a single man.
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The Team Ecomotive with Finesse driver and fiancé Sadie will marry on the Thursday before the championship’s next rounds at Croft in North Yorkshire.

Instead of then flying away together for a romantic fortnight on an exotic beach, Croft is where they will stay for their honeymoon as Rowbottom looks to improve further on the promising eighth and sixth-place results he delivered at Oulton Park last weekend.

“It’s not the perfect honeymoon destination,” admitted Rowbottom, “but if I can get a couple of podiums then I might change my mind.

“It’s going to be a bit of a rush – the wedding is in Worcestershire on the Thursday afternoon. We’re aiming to leave about 5.30am on the Friday to be at Croft for the two free practice sessions that day and then it’s straight into the race weekend.

“Sadie’s totally cool with it. We planned the wedding and the date some time before we knew we’d be doing the UK Clio Cup which is why it’s ended up like this. But we’ve been together nearly ten years and she’s always stood by my racing and knows what it takes to be even on the grid. I couldn’t dream of anyone better.”

Rowbottom, a former British karting ace, believes getting married will make him faster. He added: “That’s what I keep telling myself, anyway! It is quite a stressy time putting a wedding together and with it done I should be able to relax a bit more and devote more time and thought to my racing.”

The 27-year-old is also confident he can continue his good form over from Oulton which, he says, was the result of re-thinking things.

“We had pole position on our debut at Brands Hatch which was just a magical start,” he reflected. “However, maybe the fact we’d done a lot of pre-season testing in cool conditions and then qualifying at Brands was cool just meant it all came our way.

“After that I think we lost our way a bit and at Oulton, instead of analysing what the car was doing, I took a good look at what I was doing in the car and I believe I have found something in my braking technique and it showed at Oulton.

“I don’t want to give too much away but I really believe it brings us right back into play with the big names and that we can be a lot closer to the first two rows of the grid at Croft.”

Rowbottom says he will breathe a sigh of relief when Croft is done. He continued: “On the Sunday night there is a chance we might be able to get away the next morning for a couple of weeks so fingers crossed.

“When we return I’d then want us to go and do a bit of running somewhere to fine-tune things so when the season resumes at Snetterton at the end of July we can be fighting for pole positions and podium results every time out.

“I know we are capable of that – Brands Hatch proved it – but we need to get back to where we belong.”