17/08/2017

Thompson hoping ‘loose’ car set-up breakthrough will pay dividends in closing events

Aaron Thompson hopes to challenge for some big results in the Renault UK Clio Cup’s final three events of 2017 at Rockingham, Silverstone and Brands Hatch GP after, he says, he and his JamSport team made a major set-up breakthrough in the most recent rounds at Snetterton.
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For Northants based JamSport the three tracks have significance – Rockingham and Silverstone are both local to it and Brands Hatch GP is where it won last year’s title with Ant Whorton-Eales.

Thompson said: “Race two at Snetterton was easily my best race of the season so far – from dead last on the grid to tenth with a lot of overtaking and a lot more pace than a lot of those who started in front of me.

“It’s my first season in the championship and we’ve been working non-stop on getting the most from the Michelin tyre which is new this year and at Snetterton, fingers crossed, we found something that made a big difference.

“I like a ‘loose’ car and we got it working like that. We’ve got two test days (at Silverstone and Brands GP) before Rockingham and I’m sure we can be good at all of those – maybe even knocking on the door of the top six or podiums.”

Thompson, the 2015 Ford Fiesta Junior Champion, has also admitted how competing in the UK Clio Cup has brought him on as a driver.

He added: “If you asked me to describe the championship in two words I’d say ‘ego breaker’! You think you’ve done well before but this is a whole new level.

“I have matured massively since the season started in early April – it’s great for that. I’m learning a lot more to drive with my head instead of being a bull in a China shop.”

Thompson says strong results towards the end of his debut season would have extra meaning ahead of 2018.

“If we’ve got our sums right and the car is working how I want it to on those circuits then I want to come away from each of them with people recognising that I can be a strong contender in 2018,” he said.

“The Clio Cup is huge for a driver’s career prospects and if you’re acknowledged as one of the drivers on the grid who really means business then that’s good news. That’s how I want to be viewed when I come back next season…”