02/05/2019

More new heights reached in Donington's Renault UK Clio Cup rounds

History made, personal bests achieved… Donington Park’s two Renault UK Clio Cup rounds threw up yet more statistics worth investigating. Here they are…
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Jack Young grabbed all the headlines at the Leicestershire circuit by becoming the youngest winner in Renault UK Clio Cup history.

Aged 17 years, six months and 17 days old, that’s some three months inside the previous record set by Josh Price at the end of the 2016 season.

There were two wins for Belfast teenager Young, of course, and on each occasion he led home a 1-2 result for the MRM team as team-mate Brett Lidsey was able to record a pair of second place finishes. These improved on the two thirds (then his best results) from Brands Hatch three weeks earlier…

Youngs wins have also thrust him into the championship lead. By our reckoning, he is the youngest driver to have ever topped the standings...

Meanwhile two 1-2 results were a stylish way for MRM to capture its first race victories in the UK Clio Cup.

Significantly, it becomes the first team in almost two years to achieve a 1-2 finish with its cars – the last time was at Croft in 2017 when Team Pyro took first and second places with Mike Bushell and Nathan Harrison.

Westbourne Motorsport managed it at Donington last year but that was short lived as James Colburn – second on the road to team-mate James Dorlin – was later relegated by a time penalty.

Twelve months on, however, there was still cause for Westbourne to celebrate at Donington as Colburn’s younger brother Ben took his first podium result with a third (in race one). This was after he’d qualified a best ever fifth…

Ben's result makes he and James the only siblings to have achieved top three finishes in 20 years of the UK Clio Cup.

Others, too, would come away from Donington with smiles on their faces, notably Jamie Bond who made a strong impression with fourth place and the fastest lap on his debut with Team HARD in race one.

Behind, Luke Warr was also smiling with an eighth place finish which improved again on personal bests of tenth and then ninth achieved at Brands Hatch.

Elsewhere, Westbourne pair Aaron Thompson and Finlay Robinson managed personal best results in race two as they crossed the line nose-to-tail in fifth and sixth positions (the former having briefly circulated in third – the highest up he’s ever run in a race).