26/07/2017

Harrison aims to keep momentum going as he closes on top five target

After breakthrough second places results at Oulton Park and Croft, Nathan Harrison is targeting a maiden race win in the Renault UK Clio Cup when its season resumes on his 21st birthday at Snetterton this weekend.
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The Team Pyro driver has been one of the biggest scorers in the championship’s last four rounds to suddenly move up to seventh in the standings.

Currently he’s just 19 points adrift of fifth place in the standings which he says is his goal for 2017, although third place at least still remains a realistic possibility (with eight races to go he is 65 adrift of the spot).

“A lot of it has been down to gaining more confidence in the car,” commented Harrison. “By that I mean building temperature in the rear tyres – up to that point these cars can be a bit twitchy at the rear; when the temperature is there then they are planted.

“That has benefits for both your qualifying runs and overall race pace as there’s a lot to be won and lost on the opening laps while you are still dealing with it.”

It’s an area that team-mate Mike Bushell has clearly exploited to the full to help him build a sizeable championship lead. But Harrison is clearly learning fast.

“It’s very handy having Mike as a team-mate,” he continued. “He’s in, I think, his fifth season of Clios whereas it’s my first year in them and only my third season of car racing full stop.

“But we’re obviously able to compare data and see where we’re each missing out – sometimes I can see where I can gain and sometimes he gets things from me. The on-board cameras also show our differences in style – I tend to be very smooth; he rags it more. Also he’s a left-foot braker; I use my right foot…”

So on to Snetterton where Harrison could become Pyro’s second different race winner in 2017. Certainly his recent run of form has helped him attract another sponsor, Industry Finance UK Ltd.

Harrison said: “There are no team orders among any of us, even though Mike is ahead in the table. We’re all equals and have just as much right to go for it as each other, so long as we obviously don’t do anything silly.

“My target at the start of the year was to end inside the top five but maybe even the top three is possible – that would be the icing on the cake.

“It feels very good when you go out on track and are in a position to really mean business – particularly at this level. I’m taking it race by race. If the opportunity comes up to win I’m going to take it.”