18/05/2017

'New look' Deegan promises spectacular style will continue on Oulton Park return

Shayne Deegan says he will continue to drive with his trademark attacking style when he returns to the Renault UK Clio Cup grid at Oulton Park this weekend.
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The Cambridge racer’s small SDR Motorsport squad missed Thruxton’s latest rounds after its car was badly damaged in a crash while fighting for the lead at Donington Park.

However qualifying there – he started from the front row – and strong performances in both season-opening rounds at Brands Hatch show he is a potential challenger for wins this season.

Deegan’s rebuilt machine when it appears at Oulton will sport new livery, partly in deference to a new sponsorship deal with Terraclean which is also seen on the PP Motorsport/Westbourne car of James Colburn.

He commented: “My style is quite attacking – maybe I need perhaps to smooth it out in some areas but I’ll still be driving with the same flare as before. It’s my trademark.

“I really missed racing at Thruxton, particularly because I’d been looking forward to having a go at the kerbs through the chicane – there were a few drivers getting quite high up on two wheels!

“That’s what I like about the UK Clio Cup car – it can take that sort of punishment, like a touring car. The cars are very strong and you can attack the kerbs – nothing bends.”

And Deegan is sure he can be back on the front-running pace at Oulton – renowned as a real drivers’ circuit.

He added: “We want to be straight back towards the front – Donington hasn’t knocked my confidence. We’re aiming for a podium although even two top ten results would be fine.

“In the races at Brands I made a few small errors but had put that right for Donington in qualifying. I was putting together some really good, consistent laps without any errors and was really starting to feel comfortable in the car.”

Deegan also believes watching the action trackside at Thruxton could be of benefit this weekend.

He said: “Firstly I really like Oulton – I won both races there last year in Minis and set a lap record – so I don’t think I’ll have a problem getting stuck in.

“It was interesting to have the time to stand back a bit and see it from a different angle at Thruxton and it was good to see James Dorlin and James Colburn right up there fighting for the win.

“I was fighting with both of them at Brands and was ahead of them in qualifying at Donington so I can take some confidence from that...”