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Reade confident of strong showings at Rockingham, Silverstone, Brands GP

Luke Reade says achieving strong results in all six of the Renault UK Clio Cup’s remaining races in 2017 is his target so as to go into next season on a high…
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Reade goes into the championship’s 13th and 14th rounds (out of 18) at Rockingham this weekend lying 16th in the standings although the gap to 11th placed Ciceley team-mate and close pal Sam sborne is only 36 points…

And said Reade: “Rockingham, Silverstone and Brands Hatch which follow… we’ve tested on all of those so I’m going into them feeling quite a bit more comfortable than previous events.

“Rockingham is very abrasive but I like that as it’ll mean the tyres will switch on quicker. I feel at home in the car at Rockingham as we did the pre-season Media Day test and some other tests there.

“Ditto Silverstone which I think will be very close because of the slipstream effect there – I think they will be fun races. Experience of the Brands Indy circuit in the Clio Cup car will help with the meeting on the GP circuit there and I suspect the way this car works then driving it on the GP lay-out is going to be awesome.”

There have been some inspired drives in Reade’s debut season in the UK Clio Cup – his best result to date is an eighth, at Oulton Park, but he rates his charge from 15th to tenth in his very first race on his home track of Brands as his best. His best lap time in wet conditions was a match for those set by the leaders…

“That was a great introduction to Clio Cup racing,” he explained. “But I feel we’ve had some bad luck along the way, too, with sometimes getting caught up in other people’s accidents. I’m quite cool with that though – I was prepared for that happening along the way in my first season.”

Reade is sure all the experience gained will help him net his best results yet on circuits with which he feels more familiar.

“It’s been a huge learning curve,” he continued, “but just to be part of this championship alongside the BTCC is mega!

“I’ve deliberately tried to sit back, enjoy it and not put too much pressure on myself and the result is we’ve learnt massive amounts with each race weekend.

“In fairness it has taken me longer than expected to get on top of the Clio Cup car. Qualifying is an area I still need to sort as the race pace is there now…

“But ‘year one’ was always going to be about learning about the car, the championship and how these events run so that when I return for 2018 I’ll be in a position to give it the big push and challenge for wins and podiums.”