25/07/2019

News in brief 25.07.2019

A glimpse at other Renault Sport news from both the UK and elsewhere around the world…
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Young aims to double up

Renault UK Clio Cup title challenger Jack Young was looking for another double victory in last weekend’s (27-28 July) two-race ‘Clio Cup Open’ event at Hockenheim’s German Grand Prix fixture.

Young headed seven drivers from the UK championship making the trip: the others included his MRM team-mates (and bothers) Brett and Tyler Lidsey*, Westbourne Motorsport trio Ben and James Colburn (also brothers) and Aaron Thompson, plus Specialized Motorsport’s Luke Warr.

They were scheduled to come up against 30 drivers from other Clio Cup championships around the globe. At the first Clio Cup Open, at Paul Ricard’s French GP event in June, Young blitzed the opposition, winning both races by more than 20 seconds…

Sibling rivalries x2

Tyler Lidsey will join big brother Brett in the MRM team’s Renault UK Clio Cup line-up, starting at Thruxton in mid-August.

It means two pairs of brothers on this year’s grid with James Colburn also joining younger sibling Ben for occasional outings with the Westbourne Motorsport team.

Pearson’s Dutch delight

Ronan Pearson took his first maximum score of the season as the club-level Michelin Clio Cup Series made its first overseas visit to the Zandvoort circuit in Holland.

In the third of three races, the young Scotsman finished second on the road to guesting UK Clio Cup regular and Westbourne Motorsport team-mate Ben Colburn (not eligible to score) to take full points and keep up the pressure on championship leader, Pitbull Racing’s Simon Freeman.

The latter had triumphed in the first of Zandvoort’s races for his fourth win of 2019. Eight rounds (two each at four events) remain, starting at Snetterton, Norfolk on 10-11 August.

The Series is for race and road-spec versions of the ‘Gen 3’ Clio Cup race car, and for 2019 also includes a ‘sport’ class for latest ‘Gen 4’ cars.

Birthdays for F1 legends

A belated ‘bon anniversaire’ to two of Renault’s most famous Formula 1 drivers – René Arnoux and Patrick Tambay.

René turned 71 on 4 July (born 1948). He won four times for Renault between 1978 and 1982 as it pioneered its experimental turbocharging technology: at Kyalami, South Africa and Interlagos, Brazil in 1980, plus at Montreal, Canada and Monza, Italy in 1982.

Interestingly, since achieving his maiden pole position at Austria’s Österreichring in 1979, he then qualified first on the grid a further 13 times in his next 49 races – a remarkable feat that was unrivalled at the time. Indeed, no driver qualified on pole more during the 1980 (x3), 1981 (x4) and 1982 (x5) seasons…

Patrick, who turned 70 on 25 June (born 1949), raced for Renault in its final two seasons during F1’s turbo-charged era in the Eighties, from 1984-85.

There were not Renault’s strongest seasons in F1, although Patrick was still able to achieve pole for and finish second in 1984’s French GP at Dijon (after a memorable battle with McLaren’s world champion that year, Niki Lauda).

Earlier that year he had been forced to withdraw from the Canadian GP event after bravely attempting to drive his car with a broken leg – suffered in the preceding Monaco GP!