Dagenham racing driver Dan Holland will graduate into the Courier Connections Renault UK Clio Cup at Rockingham International Super Sportscar Circuit next weekend, 6th/7th September, for an initial one-off foray into the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship support category.
Taking over the JamSport-entered fourth generation Renault Clio which has been raced since the Snetterton rounds by Masters Cup runner Paul Knapp (Farningham), 26-year-old Holland steps up from the Ford Fiesta ST Championship where he is currently third in the standings.
After a stellar karting career throughout his teens, the Essex driver’s motorsport ambitions stalled in 2010 when financial difficulties curtailed his Senior Rotax campaign. Remaining on the sidelines for the next couple of years, Holland was able to make his car racing debut with JamSport in the Fiesta series in 2013 and he impressed from the outset.
Ending his maiden season sixth overall in the championship, despite missing two rounds, he starred with two race victories and four other podiums. Holland also posted the fastest lap three times and qualified on pole position on two occasions.
This year, the qualified electrician has a fantastic chance of securing the Fiesta ST title and heads into his Renault UK Clio Cup debut at Rockingham off the back of four straight wins, four pole positions and a quartet of fastest laps.
“My aim is to progress into the Clio Cup for 2015 after this year’s Fiesta ST season has finished, a good result at Rockingham might help me get noticed and help to secure the budget we need for next year – that’s how it’s been my whole racing career”, said Holland.
“So far, I’ve done 12 laps in the Clio around Donington Park from when the car was brand new when Paul Knapp first purchased it. I was just one second off the 2014 pole position time at Donington for Clios so a top three is my aim for next weekend. Huge thanks to Paul for giving me the opportunity to race his car next weekend.”
In Knapp’s hands, the JamSport Clio has so far taken a best result of 12 position overall on two occasions – at Snetterton on the squad’s championship debut – and fourth in the Masters Cup class. At 26-years-old, however, Holland isn’t eligible for either the Masters or the Graduate Cup class.
Holland’s first officially timed laps in a current Renault Clio will come next Friday, 5th September, at Rockingham during the race weekend’s pre-event test sessions. Qualifying will take place at 10.50 on Saturday, 6th September, with round 15 beginning at 15.00. On Sunday, 7th September, round 16 is scheduled to start at 13.00 and will be screened live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD.
The Courier Connections Renault UK Clio Cup is additionally supported by ELF, Performance Friction, WP Racing and official tyre supplier Dunlop.