VIDEO: Watch Jack Young win at the French Grand Prix!

The Renault UK Clio Cup again came out on top at international level when championship leader Jack Young won twice in front of the Formula 1 crowds at Paul Ricard…
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Starting from pole position on a 44-car grid, 17-year-old sensation Young from Belfast romped to victory in both races by more than 20 seconds.

Young had also been victorious at the same circuit last number in the Clio Cup ‘world final’ which featured 90 drivers from other Clio Cup championship around the globe.

“To win in front of the Formula 1 crowds just feels amazing!” commented Young.

“The MRM car was mega and the trick was to make sure I kept my lead through the first few corners and then just go for it – when the others started fighting and holding each other up I could draw clear.”

In all, three UK Clio Cup teams made the 1000 mile journey from Croft in North Yorkshire – scene of their latest domestic rounds – to enter cars in the Open just a week later at Paul Ricard near Marseille.

The teams were Young’s MRM squad (which also fielded Brett Lidsey), Westbourne Motorsport with cars for Ben Colburn, James Colburn and Aaron Thompson and Specialized Motorsport with Luke Warr.

Each had departed Croft late on the Sunday afternoon and arrived back at base (MRM in Bristol, Westbourne in Worthing and Specialized in Rochester) early Monday morning.

Once their Clio R.S. 220 Trophy race cars had been given the ‘once-over’, these were then re-loaded onto trucks for Dover and a cross-channel ferry that evening/early Tuesday and onwards down through France to Paul Ricard.

Lidsey, currently third in the UK standings, was able to show his speed by qualifying second on both grids at the French circuit.

There was also plenty to celebrate for Ben Colburn with a third place result from eighth on the grid in the first of the two races – held on the Saturday straight after F1’s third free practice session.

CLICK HERE to watch a full re-run of the Clio Cup Open’s first race from Paul Ricard.

As we went to press, all three teams were heading north back through France to the UK for their next championship rounds this coming weekend (29-30 June) at Oulton Park, Cheshire (see separate story).