19/10/2018

MRM team boss reckons Renault UK Clio Cup title is on in 2019

MRM boss Mike Ritchie believes his team’s results in 2018 show it is now capable of challenging for the title in 2019’s Renault UK Clio Cup.
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The Bristol based squad evolved from one to three cars for its first full Clio Cup season this year with Brett Lidsey, who contested three events in 2017, joined full-time by Jade Edwards and, later, by 16-year-old sensation Jack Young.

Lidsey and Edwards both proved rapid in the season’s first half with best results respectively of fifth (Donington Park) and seventh (Thruxton and Croft).

Young was then second fastest in official testing for his debut at Snetterton and ended the season with MRM’s first Clio Cup pole position for Brands Hatch’s final round.

Silverstone was also a stand-out event: Young took fifth and sixth places in the two races, Lidsey bagged a pair of fastest laps and Edwards had set the fifth fastest time in official testing.

Heading into 2018/19’s off season, Ritchie said: “I think we showed we don’t just run a very good car but are strong operationally and also on strategy.

“We got our three drivers working very well together but they were also all able to go and do some very good things on their own in the races.

“To see the MRM team evolve like this has been very rewarding and we were, I believe, unfortunate not to come away with four or five podium results.

“It shows that even a small team, if well organised, can grow to become a major player at this level.

“I can’t think of another one make saloon car category in Europe that is as competitive as this. It’s easy to go and hide in other categories – doing well in this gives you way more credibility.”

Now to 2019 and Ritchie is looking forward to seeing his team come back even stronger.

“In 2019 we hope to run three drivers again. I see no reason why we can’t challenge for race wins and also the title,” he continued.

“I don’t say that lightly – I’m experienced enough to know where a team needs to be to be able to genuinely be in that position.

“But I feel we are there now and will only be even stronger in 2019. The title is definitely realistic…”